Owner's horror as dogs maul his puppy
A COMPANY director from Southville has told of the devastating moment his puppy was mauled to death in a park near his home.
Greg Le Tocq was walking his dog Rosie just six weeks after he took it home for the first time, when it was savaged by two other dogs off their leads.
The pair – thought to be German shepherds – launched a relentless attack leaving the puppy with a punctured lung.
Attempts to rescue the puppy by the vet and, later, by hospital staff, failed, leaving Mr Le Tocq and his fianceé, Annie De Wolf, heartbroken.
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The owners are appealing for help to identify the owner of the German shepherds, who they feel should be prosecuted and the dogs muzzled.
Mr Le Tocq, 30, condemned the attack as "cold-blooded murder".
He told the Post: "I was just taking in the park with my 16-week-old puppy when it all happened.
"There were two vicious dogs not on a lead who came running over to the little puppy.
"They started to attack her and I tried to get the dogs off her but by the time I managed to free Rosie she was bleeding everywhere."
Mr Le Tocq ran to the vet with Rosie and was directed to hospital but the puppy died due to injuries sustained in the attack.
Mr Le Tocq and his partner described the owner as white, six feet tall and with dreadlocks.
One of the dogs which attacked and killed Rosie is believed to be called Mishka.
The council said they are investigating the incident, which they believe took place at 9.30am on Wednesday.
Mr Le Tocq said: "It's awful. We are absolutely distraught."
"We hope the owner knows what has happened and how it has affected our lives
"He needs to be found because there are so many people walking around that park with dogs like ours.
Mr Le Tocq added: "We need some justice for Rosie and we don't want it to happen to anyone else.
"We feel the owner should be prosecuted and the dogs should be muzzled and made to walk on a lead."
Owners involved in an incident with an out-of-control dog in a public place can end up in court.
Restraining orders can be placed on offending dogs and, in some cases, they can be put down.