Heart­bro­ken breeder in call to find puppy’s killer

DUN­FERMLINE: Woman says she is ‘shocked to the core’ about what hap­pened to Poppy, the five-month-old spaniel who was kicked to death

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - aileen robert­son arobert­son@the­courier.co.uk

A Fife dog breeder has spo­ken of her heart­break after one of her pup­pies was kicked to death.

Yvonne Han­nah has ap­pealed for the pub­lic’s help in trac­ing a man who is be­lieved to have fa­tally in­jured the five­month-old cocker spaniel called Poppy.

“I do hope the mes­sage stops an­other dog from meet­ing this fate,” she said.

Mrs Han­nah de­scribed Poppy as an “adorable lit­tle girl only find­ing her way in the world”.

She said she re­ported the at­tack to Po­lice Scot­land yes­ter­day and urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent to come for­ward.

Poppy’s owner, who has not been named, was walk­ing the pup in the Lin­burn Road area of Dun­fermline last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon when he crossed paths with a man wear­ing a black jacket who was walk­ing a black dog, be­lieved to be a labrador.

Mrs Han­nah said: “He bent down to clean up after her and in the next mo­ment he heard her scream­ing.

“He ran over to her and at the same time a man wear­ing a black jacket and walk­ing a black lab was seen walk­ing quickly away.

“The dog was in shock and had suf­fered blunt forced trauma, re­sult­ing in an in­ter­nal bleed in her lungs.

“He must have kicked her as there was no one else around and noth­ing else to cause such in­juries.

“If any­one does know who this could be, please re­port them. Poppy died from in­ter­nal in­juries as a re­sult of his ac­tions.”

She said Poppy was on an ex­tend­able

“some­one who is ca­pa­ble of kick­ing a five month-old puppy could have ten­den­cies that are ter­ri­fy­ing

lead at the time. She must have ran over to greet or sniff at his dog,” she added.

Mrs Han­nah, who is a mem­ber of the Ken­nel Club, de­scribes her­self as a hobby breeder.

“This is our first lit­ter so all the more heart­break­ing,” she said.

“As the per­son who bred her, we were shocked to the core to hear about what had hap­pened to her, only days be­fore she turned six months old.

“We kept one of her sis­ters from the lit­ter so we felt it very strongly since we have a cocker spaniel pup of the same age.”

She added: “Some­one who is ca­pa­ble of kick­ing a five month-old puppy could have ten­den­cies that are ter­ri­fy­ing.”

An­i­mal wel­fare char­ity the Scot­tish SPCA said it had no record of the in­ci­dent be­ing re­ported.

Deputy Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Tom Gath­erer from the char­ity said: “We have not been alerted to any in­ci­dents of this na­ture in Dun­fermline.

“We urge any­one con­cerned about the wel­fare of any an­i­mal to con­tact our an­i­mal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Poppy the spaniel pup and, be­low, Poppy with her sib­ling Fleur. Her breeder Yvonne Han­nah has made a plea for in­for­ma­tion after some­body kicked Poppy so hard she died af­ter­wards from her in­juries.

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