The owner of Britain’s oldest dog says he is “disgusted” after the man in charge of the animal which mauled his beloved pet to death was ordered to pay just £185.
Craig Doughty’s Patterdale and Lakeland Terrier pooch savaged Yorkshire terrier Jack on August 1 at Hartlepool Marina.
The Mail reported last year that Jack was believed to be the oldest dog in the country, aged 25, which is 117 in dog years.
Doughty, 44, of South Road, Hartlepool, who appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, pleaded guilty to having a dangerously out of control dog.
He was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to Jack’s owner Ray Bunn as well as £85 court costs.
But Mr Bunn, 70, who along with wife Mary, 66, had taken in Jack more than 15 years ago, hit out at the penalty given to Doughty.
Jack was being walked along the Marina by Mr Bunn and a friend with crossbreed dog ran over, jumped up and sunk its teeth in the tiny animal.
“He has got off lightly in my opinion,” said Mr Bunn, of Appleby Grove.
“The whole experience was horrible but I’m disgusted with the way the court case went.
“That dog is dangerous and we still don’t know where it is now.
“Next time it could be a child getting hurt by it.”
Mr Bunn added that he and his wife are now suffering mentally from the trauma of Jack’s death.
“She’s had a number of panic attacks and it’s really upset both of us,” he said.
“I’m even waking up in the middle of the night thinking about it.
“I’d gone back to the car to get Jack’s lead because I’d left it there.
“As I walked over this dog just came from absolutely nowhere and sunk his teeth right into him.
“I was punching it hard but it just wouldn’t let go.
“Jack was screaming and then he turned away and rolled his eyes. It was too late to save him.”
Back in December last year the Mail reported that according to the record books, Jack could be one of the oldest dogs ever to have lived.
The Guinness Book of Records lists an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey as the oldest-ever dog, at 29 years and five months.
Jack would be eighth on the all-time list if his age was proven by records officials.
Mr Bunn said that messages of support have flooded in for him and his wife since Jack was killed.
“I’ve had letters from all over the world and it means a lot to us.
“We even had a cheque for £30 from someone in Cheshire.
“He said he knew it wouldn’t do anything to bring Jack back, but we should have a nice meal on him.
“He’d suffered from fits for the last few years but he’d overcome it all.
“Jack is now buried in the back garden and we’ve made his grave all nice. We look at it every day because we’ll never forget him.”