Couple watches in horror as their 14-week-old Cockapoo puppy is run over by another dog
- Nathan Ford, 37, and Catrin, 33, walked Cockapoo Reggie in Swansea
- Young puppy was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Bulldog
- Couple wants to find owners of dangerous dog to ask them to use muzzles
A heartbroken couple searches for the owners of a dangerous dog who has torn their beloved 14-week-old puppy apart right before their very eyes.
Nathan Ford, 37, and wife Catrin, 33, were taking Cockapoo Reggie on his daily walk in Swansea, South Wales, when he was brutally attacked without warning by another dog, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Bulldog.
The attacking dog, described as ‘gray/bluish’ in color, closed his huge jaw around little Reggie’s head and didn’t let go for 30 seconds.
Reggie’s owners began beating the attacking dog while desperately trying to open his mouth in an attempt to free their puppy, who they had only been five weeks old.
After he was finally released, Reggie was rushed to the vets but sadly died of his injuries.
The terrifying ordeal took place in the Llansamlet area around 10:30 am.
The couple now begs the mysterious owners of the dangerous dog to muzzle their pet.
Bewildered, Nathan said: ‘We crossed paths on the sidewalk, there was no barking, no pulling on the leash, nothing.
Little Reggie was out walking in Swansea when a suspected Pitbull beat him to death in front of his owners
“But as we passed each other, the other dog grabbed Reggie’s face. Once he locked his jaw, he couldn’t get off.
“I had my hand in his mouth, I tried to knock the other dog off, but he was stuck to his face for 20 or 30 seconds.
“As soon as he let go, I could hear Reggie breathing, as if he hadn’t been able to all this time.”
A passing taxi driver told the couple to jump in the car and take them straight to a nearby vet.
The vet allowed Reggie to go home, but he didn’t respond to his owners and was later taken to an animal hospital.
The couple then received the devastating news that their pup would not make it.
Devastated owner Nathan (pictured) wants to track down the attacking dog’s owners and get them to muzzle their dangerous pet
Nathan added: ‘They told us that he had deteriorated badly and that he did not have long to live.
“We went straight down and managed to get there in time to see him one last time before he died.”
Nathan now wants to track down the dog’s owners to prevent it from happening again.
He described the pair as a man and woman in their late 40s or 50s who walked a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or an American Bulldog.
The man was described as being around 5ft8 to 5ft10 and slightly overweight.
Nathan added, “I want them to know that their dog killed another dog. I also don’t want it to happen again.
“I’m not saying I want any further action to be taken or that I want the dog to be euthanized, but I would like him to wear a muzzle so things like this don’t happen.
“Reggie was such an innocent and loving puppy and he didn’t deserve this. I loved him so much and we miss him every day.’
Staffordshire Terriers and American Bulldogs are considered to fall under the Pitbull umbrella but are not pure pit bulls and are therefore not banned in the UK.
Are American Bulldogs Dangerous?
American Bulldogs can be dangerous if not properly trained and raised
- The muscular American Bulldog possesses great strength, tenacity, determination and confidence.
- He is best owned by active people interested in developing his athletic skills in weightlifting, obedience, agility, hunting, farm work or Schutzhund. Although he is usually calm and collected, he needs to move vigorously to stay fit and happy.
- His attitude towards strangers ranges from friendly to aloof, and even the friendly are vigilant guards.
- Early socialization is an absolute must to foster a stable, distinctive temperament.
- The American Bulldog lives for his family and can become destructive if left alone too much.
- Dog aggression can be a problem; he needs to be thoroughly socialized with other dogs from an early age. Cats too.
- Although strong-willed, he learns quickly and will respect an owner who is equally confident and consistent.
- Many American Bulldogs will not tolerate another dog of the same sex.
- Some American Bulldogs have a strong instinct to chase and grab cats and other fleeing creatures. If something goes wrong in breeding, socializing, training, handling or managing this breed, it can seriously injure or kill other animals.