Martin Marshall was brutally smashed in the head with a 3-foot branch by another dog walker, leaving him with a fractured skull and potentially fatal bleeding in his brain. Marshall, 58, was walking his five rescued greyhounds through Tile Hill in the Coventry woodland,. He is still fighting for his life, the Coventry Telegraph reports.
The senseless, violent attack occurred on Monday at around 4:00 p.m. as one of Marshall’s greyhounds began playing with a Staffordshire Bull (aka Pit Bull) Terrier that was possibly not leashed.
According to the report, the owner of the Pit Bull became agitated and grabbed a huge branch and slammed it into the back of Mr. Marshall’s head while he was leaning over his dogs to protect them.
Marshall’s daughter Sinead Edom told reporters later that her father was walking two foster greyhounds and three of the family’s rescued dogs when he was attacked. Since the start of the year he and Kathryn have fostered more than a dozen greyhounds searching for new homes, she said.
Incredibly, Martin walked home and fed his dogs before wife, Kathryn Marshall, 55, returned home and took him to University Hospital.. When she got home, Mrs. Marshall, a nurse, noticed that her husband had started to slur his words and was struggling to walk/ Physicians at the hospital realized immediately how serious his condition was, she said.
Although he has improved slightly, Mr. Martin remains under close supervision in the hospital, the Coventry Telegraph reports.
After the incident, police used a helicopter and sniffer drug to try to locate the attacker, without success. Now officers and Mr. Marshall’s family are appealing for anyone with information about the attack to come forward.
His daughter said that the first 48 hours were the most critical; and there was an active police presence at the hospital because, if he died, this could have been a murder investigation.
“Doctors said he could slowly get better or his brain could start to swell again which could have been fatal. “We were living minute by minute. All that mattered was that my dad kept breathing,” she said. Since then Sinead, 30, Kathryn, and a younger daughter, Josie Marshall, 28, have kept a constant presence at his bedside.
West Midlands Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the attacker, who is described as a white male in his late 20's to early 30's, around 6-feet tall, slender and wearing brown clothing. The attacker was walking a black or chocolate brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier (aka Pit Bull.).
NOT THE FIRST PIT BULL ATTACK ON THE PLANTS HILL WOOD
People walking their dogs the morning after the attack told Telegraph reporters that “the area was sometimes ‘terrifying’ for them.”
One person said: “I hate walking my dog here. There are several animals, always off their lead, which are just crazy “It’s not safe for the animals and now it’s not safe for us either.”
Warwick Hayes, a carpenter with a black Cocker Spaniel, named Max, said Max was attacked seven weeks ago.
“There was no warning,” he said. “This Staffie just came round the corner and turned on Max…The dog had Max by the throat. I told the guy that if he didn’t release him, I would kill the dog.” Hayes said that he got the dog off and ran away. He said that particular dog did not match the description of the one in the attack on Marshall Martin.
“There’s this culture round here of people who use dogs as status symbols. They only want a dog because it looks hard and makes them look hard,” he said.