AN Ashbourne dog-walker is asking fishermen to be more responsible when discarding unwanted tackle.
Brian Wibberley, from Spalden Avenue, was walking his son's dog, Charlie, across the playing fields when the dog suddenly ran off towards the stream.
He said: "I called him back, and when he came I noticed he was limping and something was hanging off his back paw."
The 63-year-old was horrified to find Charlie had a four-inch pike fishing lure stuck in his fur.
Brian said: "It's a pretty horrid looking piece of tackle. There are two big hooks, and each hook has four smaller ones. If it had gone into Charlie's paw, we would have had to go to the vets for sure, there is no way of getting those sort of barbed hooks out."
Charlie has not suffered any lasting damage from his adventure but Brian wants fishermen to be more careful.
He said: "Imagine if it had been a child playing down there. There's no excuse for leaving discarded tackle and hooks lying around."