Two young boys watched in horror as their grandmother’s puppy was killed by a vicious dog in Lancaster this week.
Toby Raymond, 10, even tried to beat off the pit bull type dog with his lunch bag as it lauched itself at 10-month-old Daschund Otto on the canal towpath near the Water Witch Pub on Tuesday.
David Raymond, the father of Toby, and Dylan, 8, said that his mother-in-law got home to find she too had been bitten by the dog during the attack.
The attack comes a day after the government announced proposals to introduce much tougher sentences for owners of dogs that attack or kill another person.
Mr Raymond, who got to the scene just after the attack said: “It happened at about 1.15pm on Tuesday in full view of others along the towpath.
“They had Otto on his lead and were walking along the canal towpath just past the Water Witch when a Pit Bull flew out of the window of a canal boat and got hold of the dog.
“It shook him about and basically shattered his spine.
“Toby tried to hit the dog with his lunch bag but the damage had already been done.
“There was a lot of screaming, at which point the lady who owned the dog called it and it went back to her.
“I’ve now got two children who are unbelievably distressed.
“My mother-in-law was only carrying the dog a few moments before so things could have been very different.
“In any case when she got home she found puncture wounds on her arm as well.
“This type of thing is just not acceptable.
“It’s just a horrific scene. Something needs to be done about these types of attacks and these types of dogs.”
Mr Raymond said he believed the dog was a rescue dog from a local rescue centre.
He added: “I can’t understand why rescue centres release these dogs back into the public domain.
“I think in most cases it’s better for the dog and better for the public if they are just put down.”
A spokeswoman for Lancaster City Council said that its dog warden service has opened an investigation into the incident.