A WOMAN whose pet died after being brutally savaged by a dog in front of young children is warning other owners to be on their guard.
Seven-year-old Dachshund Hugo suffered severe injuries during the attack next to the children’s park off Heeley Road in St Annes.
Owner Christine Coey has described the horrific moment another dog – believed to be an American Bullmastiff – clamped his jaws around her pet’s neck and threw him around.
Hugo died 20 hours later in a vets in St Annes.
Mrs Coey said: “It was horrific.
“Hugo was slaughtered.
“I was holding on to Hugo, and six people came over to try to free him.
“Three people who witnessed it had panic attacks.
“My little dog took horrific injuries and has since died.”
Mrs Coey herself suffered injuries to her hand and knees as she was dragged along the ground by the dog, and had to go to hospital.
She said: “I was in absolute agony, but my physical injuries were nothing compared to what was going on with my dog.
“I don’t want anyone to go through what me and my family are going through.”
Mrs Coey, who lives in St Annes, is warning other people, particularly dog owners and parents of small children, to be extra vigilant of other dogs that could be dangerous and out of control.
She said: “A number of people I have spoken to have told me they don’t take their dogs out any more because they are worried other owners are not in control of their dogs.
“I just want people to be so careful.”
Police officers were told of the dog attack, which happened around 4pm on March 15.
A police spokesman said the information had been passed onto Fylde dog wardens to investigate.