Mum demands law change on dog-on-dog attacks as tiny pet fatally mauled by mastiffs

Poor pooch Hero after the horror attack

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A horrified pet owner wants the law changed after her tiny dog was fatally savaged by two mastiffs.

Marie Jones, 36, is backing calls for the owners of dogs that attack other dogs to be held legally responsible.

The mum-of-five was on a run with Hero, a Yorkshire terrier/chihuahua cross, on a lead when, in a flash, the “humongous” loose grey dogs pounced.

Their owner, with a third dog on a lead, was with a teenage boy and girl, both aged about 16, who tried to get the dogs off Hero.

But it was too late.

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Hero had to be put to sleeop

Hero suffered a broken jaw in the attack

Marie said: “I didn’t have time to react, they were just there, the dogs attacked him and wouldn’t let him go.”

By the time the teens got them off the 23-month-old family pet’s left leg was limp and he was clearly in trouble.

A vet found Hero had a broken left leg, severe injuries to his right leg, a shattered pelvis severed from his spine and a broken jaw.

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Marie with her daughters Lycia, 16, and Jessica, 10

The bill for any reconstructive surgery would have started at £10,000.

The mastiffs’ owner agreed to pay the vets’ bill of £1,080.85 to have Hero put down.

Marie’s eldest children Spencer, 18, Lycia, 16, and Jessica, 10, went with her to vets to cuddle Hero before he was put to sleep.

Marie frantically tried to grab her beloved pooch away from the situations and was left with scratches and cuts up her arms

Marie hopes Hero's death was not in vain

It was too upsetting for son Oliver, seven, who has autism and chose Hero as a pup to help with his condition.

She reported the June 1 attack, which was near her home in Halifax, West Yorks, to police.

But they told her they could do nothing as it was a “dog on dog” attack and not covered by the Dangerous Dogs Act.

An X-ray showed Hero's shattered spine and broken jaw

Marie, who is married to Simon, 48, and runs her a confectionery and party item business, added: “They said that the dogs had never done anything like this before.

“But there is no excuse.

"They are such large dogs, they should be able to control them when they are out.

"Walking three of these big dogs by yourself with two teenagers is irresponsible in my view.”

Banned breeds

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 outlaws four types of dog:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro

The law makes it illegal to own, sell, breed, give away or abandon one of these types of dog.

It only covers dog attacks causing physical injury to a human, not physical injury or death to other animals.

It does not cover mental injury to a human witnessing such an attack, for example PTSD.

Marie, who is married to Simon, 48, and runs her a confectionery and party item business, added: “They said that the dogs had never done anything like this before.

“But there is no excuse. They are such large dogs, they should be able to control them when they are out.

"Walking three of these big dogs by yourself with two teenagers is irresponsible in my view.”

Mastiff's are not currently a banned breed. Pictured is a Cane Corso, an Italian breed of mastiff

A Japanese Tosa

She is now backing a petition to Parliament to make dog on dog attacks a specific offence.

At present owners can be charged if the dog is “dangerously out of control”.

West Yorkshire Police were approached for a comment.

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