A devastated pet owner has told how her “gentle” chihuahua cross died on a morning walk after being savaged by two larger dogs.
Tracey Logan, 51, from Seacroft, Leeds, said that the attack was over in minutes with a larger dog having picked her up in its mouth, on Wednesday morning.
She had gone out with Belle, a chihuahua cross for a walk before going to work and the attack had happened almost immediately, reported LeedsLive.
Tracey said all she could do was watch as Belle, aged three, was bitten.
“She was my baby girl and a part of the family. We’re absolutely devastated. Everybody who knew her, all our neighbours and the people at her doggy day-care, they’re all so upset,” she said.
“She was the sweetest, kindest, most loving little dog. She was so gentle and wouldn’t hurt a fly or bite anyone. She was a pleasure to know – everyone who met her loved her. She was just a sweet family pet.”
Tracey, who is married with a young son, said she saw two large dogs while out on the walk that she had never seen before, but was unconcerned because she thought they were behind a gate.
But as they continued on a bit further, Tracey said the dogs appeared from around a corner and began attacking little Belle.
“She was on a extendable lead and I tried to pull her back away from them,” Tracey said. “But the dogs pulled her back and she came out of her collar. One of them got her in its mouth and shook her like a ragdoll. Then they both ran off with her and wouldn’t let her go.
“Eventually two guys got the dogs to drop her but it was already too late and she was already dead. It was so quick, it was all over in just a couple of minutes.
“At least she didn’t suffer for long but it’s terrifying those dogs were able to do this so quickly. I found out her lung had been punctured by the bites afterwards.”
Even though she knew Belle was already gone, Tracey took her to the vets, and reported what had happened to the police.
West Yorkshire Police, reported LeedsLive, confirmed later that two dogs involved in an attack had been seized.
A spokesperson said: “At 5:54am this morning police received a report of a dog attack in Eastdean Bank, Seacroft. Officers attended and seized two dogs. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Tracey is appealing to all dog owners to be vigilant, and too anyone with dogs that can be vicious to keep them under control and not train them to attack.
She said: “We want to get the message across to people to control their dogs and don’t train them to attack small creatures because this is what happens. If I can stop one person from going through what we have been through today that will be enough.”