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Police probe dog attack after owner decides not to put down pet

A young mother says she may be forced to move if the killer dog that savaged her son’s pet in front of him is not destroyed.

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Sarah Morgan and son Lawson with their two other Chihuahuas

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

Her dog, called Bruno, was left so badly injured that it died soon after the brutal attack in Harriston, near Aspatria, on Sunday.

After the attack, the dog owners agreed to a ‘community resolution’ which involved the offending dog being put down.

However, they have now reportedly refused to have their pet destroyed, prompting a police investigation.

Miss Morgan told the News & Star that she was horrified the dog could be allowed to remain living near her.

“There are a lot of children around here,” she said.

“It could be dangerous as something can happen in a split moment, it doesn’t matter if it is a child or a small dog. It could have been my little boy, you can’t trust a dog. Why should he have his dog when my son had to watch his best friend be killed? If something isn’t done then I will be moving.”

Cumbria police confirmed that they were now looking into the incident which took place last Sunday.

A police spokesman said: “An incident occurred in the Harriston area of Cumbria, where a dog attacked another smaller dog, resulting in its death. Both owners of the animals agreed to a community resolution.

“However, the conditions of the initial agreement, have not, and now will not be met.

An investigation has now commenced, where the police are gathering the necessary evidence for consideration of criminal charges, surrounding this incident.”

The owners of the pitbull-type dog could not be contacted by the News & Star.


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