CLAPHAM COMMON, LONDON ENGLAND - A PIT BULL CHOMPED DOWN ON THE NECK OF A BELOVED CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL "CHARLIE" BEING WALKED IN THE PARK AND SHOOK HIM FOR 10 MINUTES KILLING HIM
A woman said she has been left "devastated" after her pet spaniel was mauled to death by another dog on Clapham Common.
The woman, who wished only to be known as Yasmin, said her mother was walking four-year-old Charlie when she noticed the PIT BULL TYPE DOG, which appeared to be on its own, acting aggressively.
Yasmin said her mother scooped Charlie up into her arms, and called for help from picnickers who were enjoying the afternoon sun on Friday, May 6.
However, despite the best efforts of bystanders to distract the dog, she says it launched itself at Charlie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and attached itself to his neck.
Yasmin said she received a call at work telling her to rush to the scene.
She told the Standard: "I was at work and someone called me and told me there was an attack, they said 'your mum is okay, but you have to come.'
"I work in Angel so it took me 40 minutes to get there. There were police officers there and everyone was really shocked.
"The witnesses were all shocked, my mum was lying on the grass."
Describing the moment the dog had attacked, she said: "All of a sudden the dog flew and got Charlie's neck.
"It was shaking him for 10 minutes."People tried to separate them but it was impossible, they tried to bang the pitbull on the head with glasses, but it wouldn't let go.
"Charlie died instantly, he had just turned four."
Yasmin said the attack has left her family traumatised, particularly as they had bought Charlie as a puppy after her father died four years ago.
She said: "We're really miserable, really really miserable.
"We lost our father four years ago and got Charlie around that time.
"For my mother he was the only reason to go out, the only reason to get up in the morning. "There are no words to express the pain and grief me and my family are going through."
Yasmin said her mother only sustained minor injuries in the attack, but believes Charlie prevented her from being more seriously injured.
She said: "I strongly believe that Charlie saved my mother’s life on that day. The impact of this attack changed my and my mother’s life forever.
"We are still shocked, shaken and emotionally and physically unwell following this fatal incident.
"I'm worried for my mother's health. "In the wake of the attack, Yasmin has called for dog owners to act responsibly and not allow their pets outside alone, and for action to be taken against those who do.
She said: "Dogs must be on a lead. I have never witnessed such a tragic attack myself however from time to time I have read in papers and heard that these kinds of attacks are becoming more and more. "I am very concerned about this fatal attack and believe that the right action must be taken against the owner of this dog.
"Clapham common is a massive park and every day there are lots of children are there to play and we should make sure these attacks are not going to happen ever again."