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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Pet dog savaged to death in front of mum and young son

A young mother today told how she and her toddler son looked on in horror as their pet Chihuahua was savaged to death in front of them.

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Sarah Morgan and son Lawson

Sarah Morgan, 26, and her two-year-old son Lawson had been walking with their tiny pet just moments before it was attacked by a powerful pit-bull type dog.

The Chihuahua was left so badly injured that it died soon after the brutal attack in Harriston, near Aspatria, on Sunday.

Cumbria Police confirmed they were called in to investigate but took no action after the owner of the other dog agreed to have it put down.

The dog that died, Bruno, was one three Chihuahuas Miss Morgan owned, and was her son’s favourite. They were all out together when the attack happened – Lawson had Bruno on a lead while Miss Morgan was with their other two pets, Maddie and Bell, also on leads.

She now wants to see a tightening of the law so that powerful and potentially dangerous dogs should always be muzzled in public.

“I only got Bruno last year and he was really for Lawson,” said waitress Miss Morgan. “I’d never seen the dog that attacked him before – but it was bigger than a normal Staffordshire bull terrier.”

The group was walking past the pit bull-type dog’s garden when the attack happened. She said: “My dogs didn’t bark but the dog in the garden got agitated. The woman in the garden told me not to worry, saying that her dog couldn’t get out.

“We were still walking past when the dog managed to open the garden gate and come out. It went for Maddie but Bruno ran over to save her and that was when the pit-bull type dog got him in its mouth.”

In the split seconds when the attack happened, Sarah’s priority was to grab her son.

Able only to cling to him to keep him safe, Sarah could not bare to watch her pet’s agonising final moments.

She said: “I couldn’t watch what happened. It was too awful. The woman was shouting for her partner to come out and a neighbour tried to get the dog off Bruno. But it was too late.”

Since the attack, said Miss Morgan, the dog’s owner has apologised for what happened and agreed to have the dog destroyed.

But the experience has traumatised her son and left unable him to sleep.

“Lawson has been screaming in the night for Bruno.

“I think everybody should have to have a dog licence, whether they have a Chihua hua or a great Dane, and any dog which can lock its jaws should have to wear a muzzle whenever it is outside of a house.

“If that had been the law Bruno would still be alive, even though that dog escaped from that garden.

“What really scares me is what might have happened to Lawson.”

A spokeswoman for Cumbria police confirmed that officers had spoken to both Sarah and the owner of the pit-bull type dog, adding: “Both parties agreed that the dog responsible for the attack should be put down.”


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