Couple traumatised by dog attack

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AN ARBROATH couple have been left shaken after a dog attacked and killed their family pet.

Jim and Jacqui Stewart were powerless to prevent the mauling of their treasured Chihuahua Holly in their own back garden in Sidlaw Avenue, on Thursday at around 1.30 p.m.

During the attack, which was allegedly carried out by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier owned by a neighbour, Jacqui suffered puncture wounds to two fingers while attempting to rescue the 13-year-old pet.

Speaking to the Arbroath Herald on Tuesday, and still obviously distraught by the experience, Jacqui recounted the attack.

She said: “I’ll tell you exactly what happened. I was just back with Jim from hospital, I said to him I’m going away out with the dogs because they’ve been in the car to Ninewells.

“I got their leads, put them on and I just opened the gate and this huge dog just came from behind the shed and grabbed hold of Holly and was tossing her about.

“I was trying to get it away, felt my hand was sore and never thought anything about it. There was just blood everywhere.”

Holly was, according to her owners, essentially disembowelled and sustained a broken femur and pelvis which left the attending vet no choice but to put her down.

Ian Robb, of Help For Abandoned Animals, has been giving the Stewarts his support in the aftermath of the attack.

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