Nottinghamshire Police officers have praised the brave actions of a man who tried to protect his beloved Labrador after it was killed following a dog attack.
The dog walker was walking in Sutton-in-Ashfield when two dogs escaped from an unattended back garden and mauled his pet on Friday morning.
The owner tried his best to stop the attack, huddling over his dog, acting like a human shield. He suffered serious injuries to his arm and back as a result.
Officers are now appealing for dog owners to make sure that they have sufficient and secure property boundaries to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Inspector Paul Shortt is leading the investigation. He said: “This was a horrible incident and has sadly resulted in one dog’s death.
“We’d like to praise the dog’s owner who acted so bravely and suffering his own serious injuries. He has since had to be treated at Kings Mill Hospital and has been transferred to a specialist ward at Derby Royal Hospital due to the severity of his injuries.
“Officers were called to Sutton-in-Ashfield at around 8.30am on Friday morning following a report of the incident.
“Force dog handlers joined officers swiftly on scene. Despite their best efforts and a number of different tactics to stop the attacks, they couldn’t save the dog’s life.
“Officers did successfully control and contain the animals with no further injury and two dogs have been seized. The owners have been interviewed regarding the offence. The investigation continues.
“This incident and horrible result of one dog sadly losing its life is a warning to all owners to ensure that their animals are secure when they are left unattended.”
If anyone has any information or witnessed the incident please call 101 quoting incident number 109 of 23 October 2020.