Deadly attack on beloved dog leaves ‘huge gaping hole’ in family life

A heartbroken mum has told how her beloved pet dog had to be put down after he was allegedly attacked by two larger dogs while out for a walk.

Border terrier Ronnie was doing his daily exercise when the incident happened last Thursday afternoon (February 17), on the path behind Pool Hey in Stockbridge Village.

Owner Michelle Kilroe-Gibson said: “He was violently attacked by two black greyhound type dogs who were off leash and uncontrolled by their owner.

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“My 79 year old dad was walking him at the time and he said these two dogs came out of nowhere. The smaller one was chased away but the larger one just wouldn’t let go.

“My dad got on the floor trying to get Ronnie’s dog away, but he couldn’t do it.

“The owner was there and also trying to get the dog down. He was saying ‘they’ve never done this before’.

Rescue dog Ronnie was a much loved part of the family

“The bigger dog then ran off and the owner chased him. He didn’t hang around to check on my dad or our dog.

Michelle, 55, added: “The dog had torn Ronnie to shreds. We took him to the vet but the next day they decided to put him down because his injuries were so catastrophic.

“My dad is really shaken up by it all. My daughter and I are at work during the day, so he walks the dog for us.”

The family had owned Ronnie, who was a rescue dog, since he was six years old, and he had been a pet for four years.

Michelle said: “He was a family member and his loss left a huge gaping hole in our lives.

“He had such a personality and he was just a beautiful little boy.”

Michelle said she reported the incident to Merseyside Police, who were approached for comment.

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