Heartbreak as pet is killed in dog attack

Runners on Clarence Esplanade

Organiser hails 27th Great South Run a success as more than 20,000 brave the leftovers of Storm Brian

A grandmother has spoken of her heartache at losing her beloved pet after a dog attack.

The alpaca, named Clifford, was in his paddock in Finchdean, near Rowlands Castle, with two others when they were attacked by a small terrier-like dog.

The terrified alpacas, which hail from South America and are cousins of the camel, were chased around the field by the dog for five minutes until Clifford's legs buckled and he was unable to get up.

The fall was so severe Clifford was never able to stand again and vets believe Clifford's pelvis had broken. Eight days later he had to be put down.

Libby Guess, who bought the creatures eight years ago, said: 'It was awful. We heard this yelping and the alpacas were going berserk. This dog had got into the paddock and went after them one by one and ran them ragged, barking and snapping at them.

'He went after Clifford and his legs gave way and he was never able to get up again. The dog had grabbed hold of their fleece. It was so traumatic, I still haven't got over it. I look out in the field and think he should be there. '

The attack stopped when a man turned up and called the dog back. He claimed it was not his dog but they exchanged details and the police were called.

But they will not take action as the incident happened on private land which has angered Mrs Guess.

The dog's owner has been sent the 500 vet bill and the matter is now in the hands of their insurers, Pet Plan. Mrs Guess is also claiming for the 400 original cost of the animal.

She added: 'It has been devastating. It's like one minute your life is perfect, five minutes later it's finished. He was my favourite, he was so sweet. They are all part of the family.'

A spokesman for Pet Plan said the case was still being investigated and they could not comment.

Neil Miller, a spokesman for Waterlooville police, said: 'This incident took place on a private field and does not come under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

'We have spoken to both parties and this is not being treated as a crime.'

>> Vote in our latest web poll.