‘Sedated’ rescue dog savagely attacks couple ‘like scene from zombie film’

A couple was left covered in bite marks after the "sedated" golden retriever crossbreed they purchased from a rescue centre woke up and savagely attacked them.

Sharon and Michael Archibald from Elgin, Scotland, got the golden retriever-collie-labrador crossbreed, Moose, from a 'rescue shelter' they found on Facebook.

But despite raising concerns, they were given him in a car park without any home checks just days later.

They claim the dog was very "drowsy and sleepy" from the moment they met him, and suspect he had been "sedated" in a bid to offload him.

But when they got home and he woke up, Sharon, 57, was left with deep wounds on her arm and a bruised breast after Moose latched onto her – which she says was like a scene from a 'zombie film'.

Her husband, Michael, 63, managed to restrain the dog that has since been destroyed.

Sharon said: “The dog that night was not the dog we rescued – it seemed demonic. He was like a weapon intent on causing severe damage.

"When you see zombie films when people just suddenly change, it was like that, it was horrible.

“My husband attempted to get him off me where he then turned on my husband, knocking him to the floor and pinned him down and biting his arm."

When Sharon wrote on Facebook that she wanted to rescue a pooch on October 28, she was added to a group for a dog rescue shelter and fell in love with photos of Moose.

She said: “Moose reminded me of a dog I used to have as a child, he was described as great with kids."

She commented she was interested and very quickly had a DM from an organiser in her area, who described Moose as a “lovely boy” and said adopting him would cost a £340 donation to the shelter.

She claimed: “I asked about his temperament, whether he was good with kids, his health, whether his jabs were all up to date.

“I waited a while for a response to be told she was trying to arrange to get him to me ASAP.

“She seemed urgent to get payment from me.”

She negotiated the price down to £250 and was told she could have him the next day – bypassing the home check as she’d "had one in the past", even though it was 16 years prior.

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“I informed her I didn’t mind her doing the check, and that really I would like to meet the dog first. I felt pressure was put upon me to agree to take the dog," Sharon claimed.

Sharon and Michael met Moose on October 30 in a car park in Dalwhinnie, after the van had allegedly been travelling for 16 hours – and claim Moose was "very subdued" and sleepy for the next few days after they got him home.

Sharon claimed: “In the back of my mind I asked myself had he been given anything to help him on his travels to relax more?"

But on the evening of November 3, Moose became aggressive when Sharon told him 'no!' after he put his paws on the countertop as Michael dished up dinner.

He snarled, bared his teeth and lunged at her, she says, taking her breast in his mouth and not letting go. He then attacked her for a second time and bit chunks out of her arm.

“I was shaking with fear, covered in blood. It was dripping, it was everywhere," Sharon said.

After a ten-minute struggle, with the dog still latched onto Sharon's breast, Michael managed to secure him in the crate.

An ambulance arrived to take the couple to Dr. Gray's Hospital, and an emergency vet was found who put Moose down.

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Sharon called the shelter in tears to tell them they’d been attacked but said staff said they couldn't get to her for at least a day.

While she was recovering in hospital, the rescue shelter branded Sharon’s family “despicable” for having the dog killed, she claims.

Sharon said: "The most important thing is I want them investigated.

"I want them closed, this isn't a charity they're just making money for themselves.

"I don’t believe this is the only attack."

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