Today, the Scottie News reports on two Westies named Jack, who were attacked and one who did not survive.
In South Shields, England, a family pet was mauled to death in its own yard by two pit-bull-type dogs:
The white West Highland terrier, called Jack, was dragged through a fence and savaged by the animals – who are thought to have been with their owner at the time of the attack.
Ten-year-old Jack’s heartbroken owner, Carol Coyle, said she was devastated at the loss of her companion, and haunted by thoughts of what could have happened if it had been a child standing near the fence instead.
Mrs Coyle believes one of the animals was taken away by the man it was with, but the other was left at the scene, and ran off.
Mrs Coyle, 54, said: “These dogs are still out there, and they now have the taste of blood.
“I saw what they did to my Jack – it’s an image that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I can’t stand the thought that a child could be next. These dogs need taking off the streets.”
Truer words were never spoken as this second horrible attack in Portishead demonstrates:
Pauline and John Smith are urging dog walkers to be on their guard after their 10-year-old Westie, Jack, was attacked in Avon Way, near to their home. Their warning comes at a time when police say there has been a rise in reports of dogs attacking other dogs in the town.
Jack was being walked on a lead by Mr Smith when a British bull terrier, not on a lead, lunged at him. A blood vessel behind the Westie’s ear was punctured in the attack which resulted in treatment and an overnight stay at the vets, landing the couple with a £300 bill. Jack has been left with a nasty scar around his ear.
Mr Smith was also injured in the attack. He was bitten on the wrist as he tried to help the family pet and collapsed during the incident. An ambulance was called and he later received stitches to his wound.
RIP Jack from South Shields.