A DOG owner wants to clear her pet's name after it was accused of attacking a smaller dog.
Sharon Grey insists her Alsatian, named Fire, was not aggressive toward the animal.
She spoke out in her pet's defence following an incident in Rivacre Valley Country Park.
Last week we told how Jacki Lewis was walking her Jack Russell, Lol, earlier this month when they were approached by the Alsatian.
Fearing the big dog was attacking Lol, Mrs Lewis hit it with her handbag. The Alsatian was led away. Lol was unhurt.
While she accepts the incident frightened Mrs Lewis, Fire's owner insists he was only being friendly, not aggressive.
Miss Grey, of Old Church Close, had been walking her three-year-old pet with her partner Paul Lidgett and her daughter Ashleigh.
She said: 'We were by a stream in the park and Fire saw the small dog and decided to have a look.
'As he went towards the lady, she started screaming. I accept that a big dog coming towards certain people might be intimidating.
'But Fire was not attacking the little dog, he was just being friendly.
'Paul ran up and found Fire sitting on the ground with the lady's handbag round his neck. He asked her if she was OK.
'We feel she overreacted. Fire is not an aggressive dog. He's a daft thing and plays with lots of young children.'
In response, Mrs Lewis said: 'I did shout at the dog, but its owner never said anything to me.
'We'll just have to agree to disagree about what happened that day.'