A couple has been rushed to hospital after the sleepy retriever-collie cross they rescued from an adoption center woke up and attacked them savagely.
Sharon Archibald, 57, was left with deep wounds to her arm and a bruised chest after the dog, Moose, attacked her just four days after he was adopted from a shelter.
Her husband, Michael Archibald, 63, eventually managed to restrain the dog.
The pair claim that Moose was very sleepy and sleepy from the moment they met him in a parking lot in Dalwhinnie, Scotland, and suspected he had been sedated in an attempt to hand him over to the couple.
After the attack, the couple were forced to put the dog to sleep, but while Ms. Archibald was still in hospital, a rescue center organizer reached out and called the family “despicable” for doing so.
Sharon Archibald (pictured with her husband), 57, was left with deep wounds on her arm and a bruised chest after the dog, Moose, attacked her just four days after he was adopted from a shelter
Her husband, Michael Archibald (pictured), 63, finally managed to restrain the dog (pictured, Moose)
Mr. and Mrs. Archibald found the shelter on Facebook and despite voicing their concerns, a few days later they got Moose in a parking lot, with no home visit.
The Golden Retriever-collie-Labrador cross breed was described by the shelter as being great with children.
IT analyst Ms Archibald said: ‘The dog that night was not the dog we rescued – it looked demonic.
“He was like a weapon that inflicted serious damage…I’m so thankful I just don’t have kids.”
‘If you see zombie movies when people suddenly change, then that was it, that was horrible.
“My husband tried to get him off me, then he turned on my husband, knocked him to the ground, grabbed him and bit his arm.”
The couple claim that Moose (pictured) was very sleepy and sleepy from the moment they met him in a parking lot in Dalwhinnie, Scotland, and suspected he had been sedated in an attempt to hand him over to the couple.
Mrs. Archibald fell in love with Moose instantly when she saw pictures of him online.
She added: ‘Moose reminded me of a dog I had as a kid, he was described as great with kids.
“They weren’t sure if he was good with other animals and was also described as friendly.”
Noting that she was interested, she soon got a message from an organizer in her area, who described Moose as a “sweet boy” and said adopting him would cost a donation of £340 to the shelter.
She said: ‘I asked about his temperament, if he was good with children, his health, if his shots were all up to date.
“I waited a while for a response to hear that she was trying to get him to me as soon as possible.
“She seemed urgent to get payment from me.”
She negotiated the price down to £250 and was told she could have it the next day – without paying the house check as she’d had it in the past.
IT analyst Ms Archibald said: ‘The dog that night was not the dog we rescued – it looked demonic. It was like a weapon intended to cause serious damage.”
She said, “I pointed out to her on the phone that this was over 16 years ago.
“I let her know that I didn’t mind her checking and that I’d like to meet the dog first.
“I felt I was being pressured to agree to the dog on October 30th because he desperately needed a home.
“I fell in love with the pictures of him and maybe she acted on them, knowing that I liked him and how good he sounded.”
Sharon and officer Michael met Moose in a parking lot in Dalwhinnie on Oct. 30, after the van had reportedly driven for 16 hours.
“He was very subdued, it took a long time to get him in the back of the car,” she said.
Ms Archibald’s injuries after the horrific attack
“I was a little nervous, but I think we were almost strangers to him.”
The driver of the van that dropped off Moose also gave the couple no information.
Mother of two Sharon said: ‘He wasn’t wearing a uniform, he got out of the vehicle, said ‘Moose’ and then he left.
“I was shocked, but I thought maybe he was in a hurry to get to his next destination, he didn’t speak much at all.”
They got him in their car and although he growled a little, he slept most of the way home.
Mrs Archibald said: ‘Once home we let him look around the house at his own pace, showed him the garden and when he came in he promptly fell asleep on the sofa.
‘The next days he was like this, my husband often said that he sleeps a lot.
“In the back of my mind I wondered if he’d been given anything to help him relax more on his travels?”
On the evening of November 3, Sharon and Michael were in the kitchen and Moose started watching TV for about ten minutes.
She said, ‘I thought to myself that’s the longest I’ve seen him awake..’
While Michael was preparing the couple’s dinner, Moose entered the kitchen, jumped up, and rested his feet on the counter.
When Sharon said ‘no!’ he snapped, baring his teeth and lunging at her, taking her breast in his mouth and not letting go.
When Michael got up, the dog attacked Sharon again, biting pieces from her arm.
“I was trembling with fear, covered in blood,” Sharon said.
“It was dripping, it was everywhere.
“I don’t know how I kept it together, but I couldn’t pass out.”
After a ten-minute struggle, with the dog still clipped to Sharon’s chest, Michael managed to secure him in the crate.
“I held onto my chest, but I was too scared to look, I thought the main part of my chest had been bitten off,” Sharon said.
They called for an ambulance and the police came to the house first and advised the couple that the dog should be destroyed under the Dangerous Dog Act.
Sharon called the shelter in tears to tell them they had been attacked, but said the staff said they couldn’t reach her for at least a day.
An ambulance arrived to take the couple to the Dr. Gray’s Hospital, and a vet was found and put Moose down.
While Mr. Archibald was sent home the same day, Mrs. Archibald was kept inside overnight in case she developed an infection from the deep wounds in her arm.
During this time, the rescue organizer reached out and called Sharon’s family “despicable” for having the dog killed, she claims.
Sharon said, “The most important thing is that I want them examined. I want them to be closed, this is not a charity, they are just making money for themselves.
“I don’t believe this is the only attack. I’m so thankful I just don’t have kids.”
The shelter has been contacted for comment.