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Community ‘devastated’ after dog killed by larger dog outside a Ruddington home

The incident is reported to have happened on the Pasture Lane estate in Ruddington on Friday 23 June.

Hugo, a terrier, was reportedly savaged by a much larger dog outside her home in Ruddington – his owner Debs Waybill was also bitten by the dog as she tried to prevent the attack.

Police attended the incident and seized the dog, reported to be of XL Bully appearance.

A fundraiser was launched here to raise money for vets bills to try to treat Hugo for his injuries, but sadly he was considered too weak to survive by vets, multiple operations would have been necessary.

The fundraiser remains to try to cover the bills that are needed after the treatments.

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On Sunday he was euthanised.

Neighbours who witnesses the incident were left shocked and saddened –

One resident told The Wire:

‘This dog was brutally attacked on the owners door step by a XL Bully.

‘This dog lives on a very friendly estate in Ruddington and had to be sadly put down due to his injuries.

‘During that attack there were four men trying to get the XL bully off the poor little soul and the XL bully ended up biting the two owners in the process it was a horrific incident and the whole community is devastated.’

Victoria Marconetto-Tyson, who set up the fundraising page, said: “All of the neighbours and people who witnessed this are traumatised and heartbroken for Debs.

“We’ll all miss seeing Hugo around the neighbourhood, he was a lovely, friendly and gorgeous little dog.”

Jane Wakerley said: “This is devastating news. I know Debs and Hugo, have met them through dog walking. Hugo has been through a lot over the last few years. He was a gorgeous boy.”

Lauren Gunn said: “My dog was also attacked in the village a few weeks ago. I am truly sorry to read this. It really does worry me the increased number of dog attacks, especially on small dogs.”

Debs Hayball said: “I’d like to reach out and say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all my neighbours who came to try to help Hugo. The outpouring of love for Hugo is quite overwhelming. He was clearly loved by many.”

If you’d like to help you can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/2m3gb-for-hugo

The Wire has contacted Nottinghamshire Police for more information.

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