A young woman has told of her horror after watching a Bull Terrier maul her tiny Chihuahua to death.
The 21-year-old Nunhead woman was carrying her dog Smoky in her arms while walking along Carden Road at 7.15pm on Monday when four teenaged boys approached her.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said the boys seized Smoky from her arms, and threw the one-year-old puppy on the floor, before setting the “sandy-coloured” bull terrier on him.
Barely speaking through her tears as she spoke to the News, the woman said: “I was walking near my nan’s house. I walked Smoky every day. He was my baby.
“He was my only dog and he was lovely and friendly.
“But there was nothing I could do. They broke his neck and they murdered him. I picked Smoky up and ran back to my mum’s house.”
She said she had never seen any of the boys before but described them as all between fourteen and eighteen years old and black, with dark clothing.
She recalls the boys telling her to give Smoky to them, and trying to snatch Smoky from her after she refused. She then remembers them “just laughing” before disappearing up Carden Road.
“There was a woman on the other side of the road who saw the whole thing, but she didn’t say or do anything,” the traumatised woman said. “I just ran to my nan’s house with Smoky and broke down. We have buried him in my nan’s garden.
“I don’t know if the boys were local. I have never seen them before. But it’s their dog who deserved to be murdered, not Smoky.”
Smoky sleeping in his owner’s arms
The woman said she had found Smoky after rescuing the Chihuahua puppy from a previous owner who had “kicked it about” and left him with a damaged eye.
Her grandmother, who lives near Peckham Rye Park, called the boys and their dog “disgusting”.
“It was still quite bright a 7.15pm, I just can’t believe they would do this. My granddaughter is devastated, she’s heartbroken. This dog was like a tiny baby. She carried it everywhere in her bag or her coat.”
A Met Police spokesman confirmed that they were called at about 7.15pm on Monday, following reports of a dog bitten by another dog in Carden Road, SE15. The woman was not injured during the attack, and no arrests have yet been made, but police are currently investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Southwark Police on 101 quoting ref: 3007526/16. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.