A two-year-old beagle out for a walk on Wednesday with his dog walker was savagely attacked by two large dogs near St. Patrick’s High School in Winton, United Kingdom. The dog named Chester was killed.
According to the Daily Mail, Chester had been a gift from Jennifer Thornley to her husband Gary as a wedding present. The dog had been enjoying his daily walk with four other dogs on a nearby rugby field when the dog walker let Chester off his leash to run around. The dog walker, Janet Payne, recalls the terrible scene as two dogs approached Chester and immediately seized upon the smaller dog in a brutal attack:
” I was shouting to Chester to come, and I looked up and saw two big dogs with something between them. I just knew. I screamed,”stated Payne. “I clipped the other dogs to a railing and ran to Chester. He was in the middle of the field being pulled all over the place. The little boy was being torn to pieces.”
Payne said she tried to intervene and begged the man walking the large dogs to help. She said she had no other choice but to watch Chester thrown around like a “rag doll” and when she cried out for the owner of the two large dogs to help, he replied “Why the f*** wasn’t your dog on a lead?”
A video, which has gone viral, shows the owner trying to unlock his dogs’ jaws before walking away. Images of the disturbing scene continue to be circulated on Facebook.
According to the Greater Manchester Police, the two dogs have been seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The owner of the two dogs has apologized and stated his four-year-old brown ridgeback-staff named Deebo and a one-year-old Bully Kutta were normally fine around other dogs and gentle with his young three-year-old daughter.
He told the Mirror: “I’m absolutely devastated about what happened and that a couple have lost a dog that was a wedding present.”
The Daily Star reports the owner of the dogs, Paul Baxter claimed he had been walking away in the video because he had been trying to lead his dogs away from Chester:
“The Beagle came out of nowhere from behind and wasn’t on a lead. He started trying to get their ball, and they started biting him. I don’t know what set them off. I think at first Deebo might have been trying to protect Loki.”
Jennifer and Gary Thornley want the two dogs euthanized.
Rest in peace Chester.
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