A dad from Barnsley has described the traumatising moment his puppy was mauled to death by another dog on his son’s sixteenth birthday.
Shaun Alvey was out for a walk in Hemswell, Gainsborough, with his wife, Gill, son, Sam and daughter Ola when the horrifying attack happened.
Ola, 13, was holding the lead of the family’s pomchi puppy, who was called Chip, when a Bullmastiff suddenly bolted from behind an open gate, reports LincolnshireLive.
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Shaun, 53, said the dog “completely destroyed” the family’s puppy and claimed its owner threatened to knock him out for calling the police.
He added his family have been left traumatised following the attack, and says his wife Gill has had to have an ECG “because they think it might have done something to her heart.”
The 53-year-old also said he has had to be put on anti-depressants and sleeping tablets due to the stress the incident has caused him.
Recalling the horrifying attack, he said: “It completely destroyed our puppy. My daughter was holding the lead at the time.
“I fought the dog and was bitten on the leg, but our puppy was already dead. It mauled the puppy.
“We called the police and the owner of the dog threatened to knock me out.
“While the police were there some other family members took the dog somewhere else, so it’s still at large.
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“I then had to pick up the remnant of my puppy and wrap it into a blanket.
“If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of my 16-year-old son, who picked my other dog up and ran with it to the car, he would’ve been killed too.”
The family, from Barnsley, were visiting Shaun’s mum for Sunday lunch on Sam’s sixteenth birthday.
He said the incident has left them all traumatised.
“It’s been so upsetting for Ola and Sam. They actually had to call an ambulance for my wife, because she was in hysterics,” he added.
“She was in total shock.
“My daughter had to be removed from school due to trauma.
“My wife’s had an ECG because they think it might have done something to her heart.
“Our other dog, Blade, is not himself. He is so lost without him, he’s not eating. He goes looking for Chip and he’s struggling to play.
“I don’t go to the doctor usually, but I’ve been put on anti-depressants and sleeping tablets because of the stress. This is eating me up.”
Mr Alvey said he was worried that the dog will attack again if it isn’t put down.
“We had been to the meat market man in Hemswell, so I was carrying 80lb worth of beef, pork and gammon. The dog wasn’t interested in that. He only wanted the dog,” he said.
“That tells me it’s trained to fight. This dog will kill again and next time it could be a child.”
Lincolnshire Police has been approached for comment.
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