A woman has made an emotional plea to fellow dog owners after her chihuahua was mauled to death by a greyhound on a beach.
The owner took to social media where she revealed Pixie, her mother’s five-year-old chihuahua, was ripped out of her arms by an unleashed dog at Croy beach, Ayrshire, last weekend.
The dog was mauled by the greyhound and later died of her injuries, leaving the family “heartbroken and traumatised”.
She has now taken to Facebook and pleaded to fellow owners to keep their pet “on a lead if they can’t control it” – saying Pixie died at her “happy place” because a dog could not be properly controlled.
The post read: “A message to all dog owners – keep your dog on a lead in public places if you can’t control it or if it does not have good recall.
“Last weekend my mums chihuahua, Pixie, was mauled and killed by a greyhound who was off lead at Croy beach. My mum had Pixie on a lead and had picked her up when she saw the dog charging towards them.
“The greyhound ripped Pixie out of her harness from my mum’s arms.
“We lost our beautiful girl, she was only five-years-old. We are absolutely heartbroken. Our lives have been turned upside down all because of an owner who couldn’t properly control or call back their dog.
“My mum has been left traumatised and so has her other chihuahua who was there during the attack. They can no longer go a walk without feeling unsafe around other dogs.
“If you see an owner put their dog on a lead when they see your dog, or if their dog is already on a lead and you can see the owner actively avoiding the route you and your dog are taking – keep your dog on a lead and at a distance until you have passed.
“There are reasons why they do not want to be near your dog – e.g. trauma.
“Pixie was sweet, fun, cheeky, loyal and incredibly loving. The beach was her happy place. You were and always will be so, so loved, our little princess.”
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