Dog owner calls for muz­zles af­ter at­tacked pet put down.

Wo­man’s bi­chon was at­tacked by two greyhounds and had to be put down

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JANET THOM­SON

A Tay­side an­i­mal lover has called for dogs to be muz­zled af­ter her beloved pet was “sav­aged” by two greyhounds and had to be put down.

Su­san Ket­tles of West­muir, near Kir­riemuir, does not want the dogs to be de­stroyed fol­low­ing the at­tack on her seven-year-old bi­chon but has called for tighter con­trols to en­sure no other dog suf­fers such hor­rific in­juries.

Trag­i­cally, Su­san’s dog Kirsty had to be put down yes­ter­day af­ter more than a week of suf­fer­ing.

Mrs Ket­tles’ dog was be­ing walked by her hus­band, David, near their home when a fel­low dog walker ap­proached with two greyhounds on leads.

Su­san said: “One broke its lead and im­me­di­ately came over to my dog and started bit­ing her.

“My hus­band tried to kick it off, then the girl came over with the other dog which was still on the lead and it started bit­ing at the other end.”

Mrs Ket­tles con­tacted Po­lice Scot­land to re­port the in­ci­dent be­fore con­tact­ing An­gus Coun­cil’s dog war­den ser­vice.

She con­tin­ued: “She was in the vets for a few days and I took her home for a day, but I couldn’t do the ban­dages for fear of hurt­ing her so we took her back to the vets.

It has been so trau­matic, I have never seen any­thing so hor­ri­ble in my life

“But she fell into a deep de­pres­sion so I had to take her back. She looked a bit brighter for a while and I hoped she would pull through.

“I was told by the po­lice, be­cause it was dog on dog, they don’t do any­thing but I had to phone the dog war­den, who came to see us.”

Af­ter the at­tack the bi­chon re­ceived treat­ment at the Thrums Vet­eri­nary Group but had to go home for reg­u­lar vis­its.

Mrs Ket­tles con­tin­ued: “Her in­juries were hor­rific.

“Her eyes were rolling and she was mak­ing a funny noise and was strug­gling to breathe, so I took her to the vets.

“I couldn’t have her suf­fer­ing any more so I made the de­ci­sion to put her down.

“I’d had her since she was eight weeks old. She’s my baby. It’s heart­break­ing.

“She would have been eight in April but I can’t de­scribe what she has gone through.

“It is just aw­ful. It has been so trau­matic, I have never seen any­thing so hor­ri­ble in my life.

“It’s just hor­ren­dous, hor­rific, it makes me so sick

“I don’t want them (the greyhounds) put down but they have to be re­strained and muz­zled.

“I do not want to see any­body else’s dog ripped apart.”

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman said: “We were made aware of the mat­ter and ad­vice was given to the com­plainer.”

An An­gus Coun­cil spokesman said: “This in­ci­dent has been re­ported to us and our dog war­den is car­ry­ing out in­quiries into the full cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent.” jath­om­[email protected]­

Pic­ture: Kim Cess­ford.

Su­san and David Ket­tles, of West­muir near Kir­riemuir, had to have their pet bi­chon Kirsty put down af­ter it was at­tacked by two greyhounds when be­ing taken for a walk.

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