Puppy dies after attack by pitbull-type dog in woods
A PUPPY savagely attacked by another dog has died from its injuries.
The 17-week-old Jack Russell named Charlie was attacked in Widey Woods by a dog described as "bigger than a Staffie but similar to a Pitbull-cross".
The police are searching for the owner of the dog following the incident on Thursday July 25 between 7.15 and 7.20pm.
Charlie's owners, Gary and Kelly Edwards, were on a family holiday with their two children when the incident happened.
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Gary's brother-in-law Chris Reef was looking after the Jack Russell and was walking him along with his own two dogs when he met three men and a dog in the woods.
"The dog came along and bit Charlie and then picked him up and shook him," Chris said. "It all happened so quickly, it was over in a flash. I was literally 20ft into the woods when a dog just strolled over and picked Charlie up like it was second nature to kill something.
"It was like picking up a packet of crisps and scrunching it up. It was awful," he added.
"The owner was punching the dog and trying to get it off but it was too late. Charlie had suffered from a trauma to the brain and puncture wounds to his body.
"We rushed him to the vets but he never recovered from the anaesthetic, he was just too weak."
Chris was then tasked with breaking the news to Gary and his family who were half way through a two-week break in Corfu.
But the worst part of all was that Charlie was a present to the couple's six-year-old daughter Macy, who had spent the holiday talking about her new pet, and Gary and Kelly were forced to tell her the truth.
"We made a decision not to tell Macy while we were on holiday but she kept talking about him so we had no choice."
Gary and Kelly also have a two-year-old son named Ewan.
"Charlie was Macy's dog really so she was gutted. Ewan doesn't really understand, we've told him Charlie has gone to heaven."
Gary, the branch manager of Howdens Joinery in Plymstock, said he would consider getting another dog in the future but it is still too raw for the family now.
"Growing up I've had dogs all my life. As upsetting as it is they tend to get older and will come to the end of their life but it's heartbreaking we spent so little time with Charlie.
"In time we may get another but right now all Macy wants is Charlie," he said.
PCSO Sarah Phillips said: "We want to identify the three males and the dog because it may be a dangerous dog. The dog was white with black markings and bigger than a Staffie."
If you have any information call police on 101 quoting crime reference number EL/13/3041.