Dog owner calls for muzzles after attacked pet put down.
Woman’s bichon was attacked by two greyhounds and had to be put down
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]courier.co.uk
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.