A DISTRAUGHT dog owner has warned others to be on their guard after her treasured pet was mauled by a pack of dogs at a popular country park.
The woman, who has asked not to be named, was walking at Summerhill Country Park, off Catcote Road, in Hartlepool, when her five-year-old Jack Russell, Flo, was set upon.
Her injuries were so severe that Flo had to be put down by a vet.
The mum-of-two was walking around the site when she was approached by 10 dogs, believed to be greyhounds or lurchers, some of which were on leads but around four were roaming free.
There was a group of young boys walking with the dogs but they ran off towards the Rift House area of town when the loose dogs attacked Flo.
The terrified woman ran off in search of help but the dog was badly injured and had to be put down at a vets in Middlesbrough the following day.
The 44-year-old had visited Summerhill with her children, who were in the play area and did not witness the attack.
She said: “It was horrific.
“How could they let their dogs to that to mine, if they had come back instead of running off they could have stopped what happened.
“I would urge people to be vigilant and to be on their guard.”
A young girl riding her bike through the country park saw what happened and stopped to help as the woman was too upset to go back and see her injured pet.
The incident, which happened at 2.30pm last Thursday, was reported to the police but the woman was told there was nothing they could do as it was a dog on dog attack.