A man is set to appear in court after a beloved family pet thought to be one of the oldest dogs in the country was mauled to death in a horror attack in Hartlepool.
Yorkshire Terrier Jack, who was aged 24, was due to go on a walk with owner Ray Bunn at Hartlepool Marina when another dog launched an unprovoked and fatal attack.
A police probe was parked into the shocking incident which left the much-loved pet's owners distraught.
Cleveland Police have revealed that a 44-year-old man has been reported for summons in connection with the incident on Monday morning.
The man was reported for being the owner/ person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court in due course.
Jack was owned by Ray and Mary Bunn, 66, of Appleby Grove, having first been taken in by the couple 16 years ago after their daughter spotted him being tied to a tree and left there. 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 the Guinness Book of Records.
Owner Ray Bunn has been left devastated by the savage attack.
He said: "“It was 9am and I had just taken Jack for a walk along the Marina with my mate, something I do everyday.
“My friend was holding him while I ran back to the car to get the lead, when a black lakeland terrier jumped up at him and started to attack him. “He wouldn’t let him go, I couldn’t get him off. “In the end he was lying in a pool of blood, so I wrapped him in a blanket and took him to Bridge Vets in Stranton straight away, but he died in the back of the car on the way there.” Jack was owned by Ray and Mary Bunn, 66, of Appleby Grove, having first been taken in by the couple 16 years ago after their daughter spotted him being tied to a tree and left there.