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What should have been a pleasant walk on a lovely spring evening turned into every dog lover’s nightmare for a Benderloch resident.
Sarah Black was enjoying time on little Tralee beach on Friday May 3 with her 10-year-old Jack Russell, Eddi, and eight-year-old Jack Russell/Labrador cross, Silas, when Eddi was attacked by two large dogs being walked on a lead by their male owner.
On spotting the little white and tan bitch, however, the dogs, thought to be Labrador types, made a beeline for Eddi, pulling the man supposedly in control with them.
Eddi suffered devastating injuries to her tummy and was rushed immediately to Oban Vets where she underwent surgery to her abdomen on the Saturday morning.
Despite making a valiant attempt to hang on, the little dog died later that day, leaving Sarah, her family and Silas heartbroken.
Unable to talk about the incident until days later, Sarah decided to speak out last week, if only to make sure other dog owners and their pets do not go through the same traumatic experience.
‘I still can’t take it all in, it was absolutely awful,’ she said.
‘I had Silas on his lead but Eddi had a good temperament and wasn’t aggressive at all with other dogs.
‘When these two started running towards her barking, she just sat down and watched them coming.
‘They pushed her onto her back and the yellow one (the other being dark in colour) just started laying into her. All I could do was scream and shout because I had Silas with me and didn’t want to drag him into it too.
‘The owner tried to get them off but got bitten on the hand in the process. Poor Eddi tried to fight back but they just kept pushing her over onto her back again, it was horrific to watch.’
A man in a boat came to help and managed to get Eddi away but by this time the damage had been done.
‘I can’t praise the Oban Veterinary Surgeons enough, in particular John Blomfield, who was on call that weekend,’ she added.
‘After the surgery it looked for a while like she would pull through but she was so tired and gave up her fight in the afternoon.
‘What makes me feel even worse is that I got Eddi as a rescue dog when she was around eight months old. She had been bullied when she was a puppy and she ended her life being bullied as well.
‘If nothing else, I hope this story will serve as a lesson to other dog owners. If you have an aggressive dog, they should be muzzled at the very least.
‘People should also make sure they can keep control of their dogs and be aware, if they are bringing them on holiday, that their dogs may behave differently in an environment they are not familiar with.’
Sarah’s whole family are devastated, in particular her 11-year-old granddaughter Sophie Barnett, who loved the little dog dearly.
‘Eddi and Silas are part of the family and this has been a huge blow to everyone,’ said Sarah’s daughter, Louise McLaughlin.
Police are appealing for witnesses or for anyone who may know the identity of the owner of the two dogs to contact them on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.