A Schnauzer dog has been killed in a “cruel and violent” attack in Ventnor.
The dog, named Zappy, was said to be on his way home from Ventnor Carnival with his owner, when a ‘large husky-type’ dog came out of nowhere and pounced.
According to police, the incident happened on Ventnor High Street, between Hurst and the ‘Stripped’ burger bar, at around 9.20pm on Saturday (17).
Despite the best efforts of a vet, Zappy could not be saved.
Hampshire Constabulary says its officers are investigating and have not yet found the other dog involved, or its owner.
Zappy’s owner, Linda Cato, has issued a heartfelt plea to ensure an incident like this never happens again.
She told Isle of Wight Radio:
“The owner may probably never be found however I feel that I have been given a brief moment to implore dog owners to think carefully about taking their dogs to loud or disconcerting events or indeed to be responsible enough to muzzle pets who may be knowingly unpredictable in temperament.
“Tragic and traumatic events like this are only the fault of irresponsible ownership. This so easily may have been a child.
“Despite being about to pick my dog up out of my increasingly closing pathway, a split second couldn’t prevent the heartbreak I currently endure knowing that my beloved companion was taken in such a fast, cruel and violent way.
“Heartfelt thanks to the mobile vet, the staff at Stripped, the kindness of three strangers and all those who have sent warm wishes and condolences.”
Police are asking anyone who witnessed what happened – or anyone who thinks they have any information – to call them on 101, quoting Crime Reference Number 44190294059.