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Derby police appeal for witnesses as Yorkshire Terrier dies after dog attack

Posted on 5th December 2017
Mitch the Yorkie Mitch

Officers from our Littleover and Blagreaves Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for witnesses after a Yorkshire Terrier dog has been killed in a dog attack. 

The incident happened on the morning of Friday, November 24 when Mitch the Yorkshire Terrier was being walked by his owner at the junction of Castleton Avenue and Offerton Avenue in Derby. 

PCSO Ruth Quinby, from the team, explained: “Mitch was being walked by his owner when he was attacked by three dogs. 

“The dogs, described as three large, light coloured dogs like Huskies or White German Shepherds, were being walked by a white woman who had them tied around her waist. 

“The dogs started attacking Mitch with such force that the woman walking them was pulled over. His owner was bitten on the hand as he pulled him away. 

“Although he initially survived the attack and was taken to a local vets, four days later Mitch sadly died as a result of his injuries. 

“The vet treating Mitch said he had suffered three broken ribs which had resulted in a pierced abdomen. 

“The owners are understandably very upset, we are very keen to trace the woman walking these dogs and feel sure someone must know who she is.”

If you think you can help, please call Ruth on 101 quoting reference number 17000513767. 

Alternatively send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website HERE. 

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