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  • Family watched on in horror as pet dog was attacked and killed on recreation ground

    Tom Martin

    A FAMILY  watched on in horror as  their dog was savagely attacked and killed at Ainsdale Recreation Ground by an unsupervised dog.

    The King Charles Cavalier, called Lulu, suffered fatal injuries at around 8.30pm on Tuesday, August 13 after it was attacked by a “large size tan-coloured cross bread”, who was on its own and without a lead.

    The young owner of Lulu also suffered injuries as she tried to protect her beloved pet, and it was only afterwards that a man aged between 18-24 turned up and left with the dog.

    The sickening incident happened at the entrance to the park, on Liverpool Road, and police are now searching for the man, who they have described as white, around 5ft 8 with ginger hair and wearing a blue tracksuit.

    Police Constable Kurt Timpson said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack which was witnessed by many people including the young owner of the dog and other children nearby.

    “It is vital that we trace the owner of the offending dog to carry out due process and to ensure that the dog is not a future danger to the public.

    “This incident happened at a busy location, alongside a main road so I am confident that people will know the dog or its owner and I appeal to anyone with any information do the right thing and speak to us.”

    After police made their appeal, many social media users posted about the incident. One person, who claimed to be a neighbour of the family, said: “My neighbour has just watched her beautiful little King Charles Cavalier Spaniel get torn to pieces and killed on Ainsdale Rec.

    “She is obviously traumatised and in shock but does say that it was a large mixed breed dog, owned by a teenage boy. He did nothing to stop it and ran away with his dog towards Anne Avenue way, via the new housing estate. Can anybody out there help identify the scumbag?”

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on Twitter @MerPolCC, by calling 101 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 19100450977.

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