Tiny pooch mauled to death by ‘devil dog’ while neighbour tried to save him
A tiny dog was mauled to death by a much bigger staffie as a disabled neighbour tried desperately to save it.
John Carstairs was forced to cover poor Piper's bloody body to prevent schoolchildren from seeing it after the Papillon was attacked by a rogue Staffordshire bull terrier in Dunfermline, Fife.
Despite having a disability, he rushed to the aid of dog owner Joy Kennedy after hearing her pet's yelps of pain outside his home, the Daily Record reports.
He kicked the staffie several times in the head to make it release the other dog, and confronted its owner Robert Dalton when he came looking for it.
"Because it was at the time of all the kids going to school I put an old T-shirt over it to stop the kids seeing," he said.
"She [Ms Kennedy] kept thanking me for trying to save her dog. That dog took some getting off. I don't like cruelty to animals but I don't know how many times I kicked that dog in the head until it released.
"I said to the owner, 'your dog just killed another dog', and he said it had been attacked by a small dog when it was wee and was frightened of them – but that wasn't fear."
John's wife Helen said they had been watching the morning news when she and her husband heard a "terrible" yelp.
She said: "We looked at each other and I said to my husband 'that's bad'. My husband came out of the house and found a big dog attacking a wee dog.
"He kicked the dog to get it off. He's disabled and I didn't know he could get his leg that high – that's what adrenaline does for you.
"I knew it was dead right away. John got to the corner and saw the owner coming down – the language was blue.
"I know some neighbours have had concerns about that dog for a while. For a long time the other dog (Morgan) wouldn't come along this way."
The dog has also been described as the "devil dog".
Mrs Carstairs said the incident stayed with them both for a long time.
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"Even now I can still hear it. For days we just couldn't forget it – it stays with you. I have never heard anything like it and I hope never to hear it again."
Mr Carstairs added he needed medical treatment after scratches sustained in the incident became infected.
He added: "I don't know how she [Ms Kennedy] wasn't bitten. The attacking dog got my leg. I was back and forth to the doctors for three months."
Dalton later came to the Carstairs' door with a bunch of flowers but they angrily ordered him to take them to Piper's owner.
Ms Kennedy, 72, said she accepted the flowers but could not bear talking to Dalton and closed the door in his face.
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She said Piper – just a year old when he died – was on a lead at the time.
"I was out with Morgan and Piper during our usual morning walk. The dogs were walking beside me on leads and I didn't see the other dog as it came up behind me.
"It got hold of Piper and wouldn't let go. He weighed all of 5lb and he had this 90lb behemoth on top of him and he couldn't move.
"I grabbed Morgan before it could latch on to her and kill her. I was screaming for help and kicking at it.
"It had no collar or harness on – there was nothing I could grab. It finally let go when Piper was dead. I was in total shock – you don't expect something to happen like that on the street.
"Since then we have been scared of big dogs and understandably freak out – I'm worried it will happen again."
Dalton, 76, admitted having a dangerously out of control dog at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
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