HAVING lost her beloved pet to a savage attack, Helen Evans wants to warn other owners to beware of dangerous dogs.
The 70-year-old was traumatised when her bearded collie and parsons Jack Russell cross was attacked by four Staffordshire terrier-type dogs who weren’t put on leads by their owner.
Helen, of Malthouse Road, Buckland, was walking one-year-old Dylis on New Year’s Day in Tipner when the incident took place.
And now she wants to warn other dog-walkers of the dangerous animals she encountered.
She said: ‘I can’t believe what’s happened. Dylis was the sweetest dog ever and was a present from my daughter last Christmas.
‘She loved everyone and didn’t deserve to die in such a horrible way. The vet said she was too badly damaged to save and she was put down.
‘I want the owner of the dogs to be found because he doesn’t deserve to have pets. They weren’t on leads and as soon as they saw Dylis, they went for her and tore her apart.
‘He didn’t even try to do anything. He was just falling around all over the place.’
Helen was walking the dog with her friend, Sandy, who managed to grab hold of one of the terriers. But the other three were left to attack Dylis and Helen couldn’t do anything about it.
She added: ‘It all happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to react.
‘The owner was so useless and the animals should be put down because now they have had a taste for blood they could easily attack again.
‘I used to walk Dylis there every day and I hadn’t seen them before. But I want to warn people in Tipner – especially near the Portsmouth Harbour Cruising Club – that the dogs could be there.’
Helen has reported the incident to the police. A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Some time between 9am and 10am at the Tipner Ranges a woman in her 70s was walking with her friend and her Jack Russell cross.
‘She reported that four Staffie-like dogs approached her and attacked her dog and the injuries were fatal so the dog had to be put down.
‘There was a man with the dogs and he was in his 20s, 5ft 11ins tall, skinny, with short reddish brown hair and a pale complexion. We are looking to identify the man who was with the dogs.’
Anyone with information should call Cosham police station on 101.
WHAT THE LAW SAYS
It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control in a public place or in a private place where the dog isn’t allowed to be, such as a neighbour’s garden.
The law applies to all dogs. A dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them.
A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if it injures someone’s animal or the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or sent to prison for up to six months if your dog is out of control. You may also not be allowed to own a dog in the future.
If you let your dog injure someone, you can be sent to prison for up to two years and/or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’. The maximum penalty is five years in prison.