BENTLEY ENGLAND - 3 STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS FATALLY MAULED A BELOVED SHIH TZU "ALFIE" AS HE WAS GOING FOR HIS USUAL WALK WITH HIS OWNER
THE owner of a dog who died after being attacked on his daily walk has spoken of her devastation.
Irene Jones still has flashbacks after her beloved four-year-old Shih Tzu Alfie was allegedly attacked by THREE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS at Bentley playing fields last Friday (October 28).
"He was beautiful; really handsome. We always went walking twice a day. We had a real bond," said the 69-year-old, from Bentley.
"It is terrible. I am still in shock. I keep having flashbacks."
Irene took Alfie on his walk after 9am, as she always does.
She recalled: "It was about 9.40 and I was taking him for his morning walk. We were just walking and then out of the blue these dogs with no leads came out with no owner. It was very frightening.
"I tried to rush to get him up but they got him and dragged him onto the grass. They had him by his little throat. He probably died instantly. A gentleman saw what was happening and ran across to help me.
"Then the owner came and walked over to them, he didn't run. He was in a white van and just left. They should be put down.
"I picked him up and took him straight to the vets where he was pronounced dead. I am heartbroken. He was my only pet."
The incident has been reported to the police and RSPCA.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: "We have been contacted about this tragic incident and an inspector is investigating.
"As this is an ongoing investigation - involving the RSPCA and police - we cannot say anymore at the time. However, if anyone witnessed the incident, we would urge them to get in touch by calling the police on 101 or our appeal line on 0300 123 8018."
The family are fundraising to pay for the cremation and a memorial garden for Alfie.