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Killer dog could prey on tots’ warning

PUBLISHED: 16:14 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

SHOCKED: Owner Iris Jeffrey. Inset, Liddy with feline friend.

SHOCKED: Owner Iris Jeffrey. Inset, Liddy with feline friend.

A DEVASTATED woman whose pet was savagely killed by another dog has warned that the dangerous animal could attack a toddler next. Iris Jeffrey s gentle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, called Liddy, died last Sunday after her lung was punctured by anoth

A DEVASTATED woman whose pet was savagely killed by another dog has warned that the dangerous animal could attack a toddler next.

Iris Jeffrey's "gentle" Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, called Liddy, died last Sunday after her lung was punctured by another dog during a frenzied onslaught as her husband Stephen took her for a walk in Hayes the previous day.

The owner of the dog that attacked 12-year-old Liddy in Hayes Farm, off George Lane, shaking her hard and fatally injuring her, was standing some distance away but did nothing to intervene.

Tearful Mrs Jeffrey, 60, of Hurst Close, Hayes, said: "This must be an aggressive dog. It was not a puppy so must have shown this behaviour before. It should have been on a lead or muzzled. I can't blame the dog. It is the owner's fault.

"He was totally unconcerned. It could have been a toddler. Our dog didn't stand a chance. How could he be so irresponsible? I'm terrified that this will happen again.

"He knew what was going on because my husband was screaming at him. He was just calling for his dog to come back to him but he didn't do anything."

She added: "Liddy was terrified of other dogs and would just stand still if one came near her. Because she was deaf she didn't hear this other dog as it came up to her. She was just playing when this dog came from nowhere."

It was unusual for Mr Jeffrey to take the family pet to Hayes Farm but he had done so because his sister was visiting with her Jack Russell and they fancied giving the dogs a longer walk than usual.

The unruly dog even tried to attack the Jack Russell but was fended off by Mr Jeffrey and his sister before it went on to run amok in a field of horses. Liddy was rushed to the vets but died the following day. The dog which killed Liddy had a rough grey coat and was possibly a lurcher. Under the Dogs Act 1871, it is a civil offence if a dog is dangerous to people or animals and not kept under proper control by being on a lead or muzzled. It can be destroyed or subjected to a control order.

Mr Jeffrey described the owner as overweight and wearing a red coat and jeans. There was another person with him, who could have been a woman or a small child. It is believed they had another two dogs, one of which was beige.

Mrs Jeffrey's vet has now informed the police of the attack and provided a description of the incident.

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