‘Heartbroken’ after pet’s fatal mauling
‘‘These two dogs just came out of nowhere and started attacking Piper's back legs.’’
Anthony Walters carried his badly wounded dog about a kilometre home after it was savaged by two unrestrained ‘‘pit bull type’’ dogs.
A routine walk through Lower Hutt turned to tragedy when the dog was attacked between Waiwhetu Stream and the Te Ma¯ori building in Waiwhetu on July 23.
‘‘These two dogs just came out of nowhere and started attacking Piper’s back legs,’’ Walters said.
He instinctively tried to help his dog, but every time he managed to get one of the attacking dogs away, the other would continue to attack.
Walters said, two boys - one aged about 10 and the other in his late teens, who appeared to be the dogs’ owners were watching the attack unfold just metres away.
‘‘They just watched as I tried to pull Piper away.’’
He fell over twice as he tried to save his dog and was fearful the other dogs might turn their attention to him.
After finally getting Piper away from the two dogs, he noticed extensive wounds to her back legs and hindquarters.
He said Piper was in a lot of pain and he carried her about a kilometre back to their home.
Piper was taken to a vet that afternoon and was given painkillers.
It was not until the next morning when she was taken to another vet for surgery that the full extent of her injuries became known.
By July 28 it was clear Piper’s surgery had not been successful.
Not wanting to prolong Piper’s suffering, it was decided to have her put down.
Walters said he was ‘‘heartbroken’’ and that Piper ‘‘didn’t deserve to die’’.
Walters’ mother Chris had called the Hutt City Council about the attack but was uncertain if anyone could be held responsible as there were no witnesses other than the two boys.
She was angry that Piper had been killed and said ‘‘pit bull type’’ dogs should not be out roaming the streets. ‘‘I don’t blame the dogs.
‘‘It’s the owners that need to make sure their dogs are on a leash and under supervision.
‘‘There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t expect her to come bounding out of my son’s bedroom.’’
She said the offending dogs needed to be caught and was in no doubt they could do something similar to someone else’s dog.
Council animal control manager Les Dalton said he was aware of the incident and an officer had been assigned to the investigation.