WITHERNSEA ENGLAND - A DOGUE DE BORDEAUX PULLED AWAY FROM ITS FEMALE OWNER AND DISEMBOWELED A SHIH TZU "SUZIE"
Internet Picture of a Dogue de Bordeaux
The owners of a shih tzu savaged by another dog in a brutal attack say they have been left "broken" by the death of their beloved pet.
The dog, called Suzie, was "shaken like a ragdoll" by a larger dog while out on a walk with her owner in Queen Street, Withernsea, when she was attacked.
She was rushed to a vets in nearby Thorngumbald where she received emergency surgery, but there was nothing vets could do to save her and she was later put to sleep.
On Friday, Humberside Police confirmed they had seized a DOGUE DE BORDEAUX from an address in Princess Avenue in Withernsea, under the Dangerous Dogs Act, in connection with the attack but made no arrests.
Cassie Connaughton witnessed the attack, which happened at around 3pm on Wednesday, and described it as "disgusting".
"The lady with Suzie was walking across the road," she said. "The other dog was on a lead but it ran off from his owner and chased Susie around her owner, making her fall flat on her back.
"She demolished her right hind leg and just shook her around like a ragdoll. She just disembowled her by the side of the street. It was absolutely disgusting, there was blood everywhere."
She told how the owner of the larger dog, a woman, walked away from the scene with her pet, while two men ran to help Suzie.
Ms Connaughton said: "They were covered in blood. By the time it was under control, part of Suzie's intestines were hanging out and they had to be forced back into her.
"The lady just walked off without giving any of her details. It was right in the middle of town. If it had been 20 minutes later there would have been school kids coming through the area."
Miss Connaughton did not know Suzie's owners before the attack but says she has spoken to her since and said she and her husband had been left devastated.
She said: "She's been left absolutely broken. I spoke to her today and she can't finish her sentences for crying. It caused so much sadness."
Floral tributes have been left at the scene by animal lovers, while a goodwill fund set up to support the family had raised more than £250 within hours of starting up.
A spokesman for Humberside Police said: "Police have executed a warrant under Section 5(2) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 at an address on Princess Avenue, Withernsea today and seized a Dog De Bordeaux.
"The warrant was executed as part of on-going enquiries into an incident in Withernsea at 3pm on Wednesday.
"During the incident, a woman was walking her Shitzu when a much larger dog knocked her over before attacking the Shitzu. The owner of the larger dog – another woman - left the area with her dog without providing details.
The French Mastiff is also known as the Dogue de Bordeaux. It is considered one of the more ancient of the French breeds. The Dogue de Bordeaux is most likely a mix of the English molosser (pugnaces Britanniae) and the Roman molosser (canis pugnaces), originating in the period when French Bordeaux was ruled by English kings (1203 – 1453) – who brought their own ferocious bull-, bear- and horse-baiting molossers (then called bulldogs) with them. Some fans argue that the breed also has some Tibetan Mastiff mixed in. In any event, the French Mastiff was one of the European molosser types that were developed and used for baiting large animals and for dogfighting, as well as for attacking wild animals during a hunt. The French Mastiff, like many breeds, almost died out during the second world war, but was salvaged after the war by fans of dogfighting. Present day Dogues de Bordeaux all descend from ten breeding pairs that were left after WWII.
As with all of what we now call ‘breeds’, the Dogues de Bordeaux was just a regional variation of the many molosser types. It originally resembled the Cane Corso. As dog shows came into fashion in the 19th century, English Mastiff blood was again added to get the look of the Dogue de Bordeaux as we know it today. Despite being introduced in the United States in the 1890’s, the French Mastiff remains relatively rare. They gained some popularity in 1989 when one was featured in the film “Turner and Hooch”. The breed standard was reworded in 1993 in the hope of getting kennel club recognition, and this fighting molosser was finally accepted by the American Kennel Club in 2008. The Dogues de Bordeaux officially became a ‘breed’........READ MORE: