Dog-owner 'heartbroken' after pet mauled to death by bullmastiff in north Watford

Dog-owner 'heartbroken' after pet mauled to death by bullmastiff in north Watford

Dog-owner 'heartbroken' after pet mauled to death by bullmastiff in north Watford

First published in News

A dogowner has been "left heartbroken" after her pet was mauled to death by an "out of control" bullmastiff in north Watford.

The attack at around 11am in the wooded area off of Bushey Mill Lane, known locally as Mundon Oak. A woman in her 60s was walking her two dogs, a grey greyhound and a greyhound-wolfhound cross, when a bullmastiff approached and attacked the greyhound-wolfhound cross.

A man, who is believed to be the bullmastiff’s owner, ran over and apologised to the woman. The man then took the dog away but didn’t leave any contact details. He is described as a white man, aged between 40 and 50 and of slim build.

The woman took the greyhound to the vets but the injuries sustained were so severe that the dog had to be put down.

PC Chris Aherne is investigating and said: "The woman could have been injured as she tried to separate the two dogs - thankfully this was not the case - but she has lost her beloved pet and has been left heartbroken.

"We would like to identify the man who was with the bullmastiff at the time of the incident and I would urge him to come forward and make contact with me straight away. I would also ask that if anyone knows his identity or witnessed the incident itself, or the events leading up to it, to contact me."

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident should contact PC Aherne via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference C4/14/1349. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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11:28am Wed 9 Jul 14

blonde demon says...

my sympathy to the lady a loss of a pet in this way is terrible but this is the second incident involving dogs reported in the last week and not by the same dog, i find this very worrying as school holidays are approaching and
next time it may be a child that is mauled, the owners of these dogs must be found and the animals need not necessarily put down but the owners must be educated in making sure the dogs are muzzled when out in public places it doesn't hurt the dog to wear one but could save another dog or child being attacked and killed
my sympathy to the lady a loss of a pet in this way is terrible but this is the second incident involving dogs reported in the last week and not by the same dog, i find this very worrying as school holidays are approaching and next time it may be a child that is mauled, the owners of these dogs must be found and the animals need not necessarily put down but the owners must be educated in making sure the dogs are muzzled when out in public places it doesn't hurt the dog to wear one but could save another dog or child being attacked and killed blonde demon
  • Score: 20

12:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Shortcake Biscuit says...

If it's the dog I think it is - I've seen it being walked by two men - one of which always hands it to the other when another dog is around. Although normally on a lead - I hope he does the right thing and comes forward.
If it's the dog I think it is - I've seen it being walked by two men - one of which always hands it to the other when another dog is around. Although normally on a lead - I hope he does the right thing and comes forward. Shortcake Biscuit
  • Score: 8

12:20pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Cuetip says...

My entire sympathies are with this very distressed and brave lady who has lost a much loved pet. Let’s hope the irresponsible owner of the mastiff is quickly found because it will attack again and it probably has a history.

Unfortunately there are far too many nasty incidents involving dangerous dogs despite all the legislation as post workers have highlighted and it’s no wonder that the Dogs Trust is supporting the compulsory microchipping of all dogs as in Wales from 1st March 2015.
My entire sympathies are with this very distressed and brave lady who has lost a much loved pet. Let’s hope the irresponsible owner of the mastiff is quickly found because it will attack again and it probably has a history. Unfortunately there are far too many nasty incidents involving dangerous dogs despite all the legislation as post workers have highlighted and it’s no wonder that the Dogs Trust is supporting the compulsory microchipping of all dogs as in Wales from 1st March 2015. Cuetip
  • Score: 5

2:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

highhigh says...

No doubt this dog will not be out and about for a while. Even better news when it is finally walked with all that build up of extra energy. To be honest it needs putting down due to public safety and if the owner had any dignity he would hand the dog over and take responsibility.
No doubt this dog will not be out and about for a while. Even better news when it is finally walked with all that build up of extra energy. To be honest it needs putting down due to public safety and if the owner had any dignity he would hand the dog over and take responsibility. highhigh
  • Score: 3

2:51pm Wed 9 Jul 14

bobbi 1 says...

As has already been said by other readers my thoughts are with this lady who has and is going through a horrendous experience, so sad she was just out walking her dogs, minding her own business.
I am also concerned that I have read about 3 dog attacks in our area lately and as a responsible dog owner who walks my dog regularly I find it a real concern to think that some dog owners behave is such an irresponsible way, I worry for my dog and me when out on walks as you never know who is round the corner and with what!!

Lets hope the owner is reported and let's hope that a heavy punishment is given and lets hope other irresponsible dog owners take note that this kind of attack is taken seriously.
As has already been said by other readers my thoughts are with this lady who has and is going through a horrendous experience, so sad she was just out walking her dogs, minding her own business. I am also concerned that I have read about 3 dog attacks in our area lately and as a responsible dog owner who walks my dog regularly I find it a real concern to think that some dog owners behave is such an irresponsible way, I worry for my dog and me when out on walks as you never know who is round the corner and with what!! Lets hope the owner is reported and let's hope that a heavy punishment is given and lets hope other irresponsible dog owners take note that this kind of attack is taken seriously. bobbi 1
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Thu 10 Jul 14

jasperandjan says...

How very tragic.

Of course, this sort of thing is easily resolved. When out in public, put your dog on a lead, as did this poor innocent lady and her poor innocent dog.

Dos on a lead in public by law please, and any found not to be are removed from the owner. No second chances - after all, this poor lady and her dog (and any children that could be attacked) had no second chance!
How very tragic. Of course, this sort of thing is easily resolved. When out in public, put your dog on a lead, as did this poor innocent lady and her poor innocent dog. Dos on a lead in public by law please, and any found not to be are removed from the owner. No second chances - after all, this poor lady and her dog (and any children that could be attacked) had no second chance! jasperandjan
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Fri 11 Jul 14

jackie65 says...

Staffordshire mastiffs should be muzzled if they are aggressive in any way. They have locking jaws and so very hard to get them off. My golden doodle has now been attacked twice, first time the guy pushed me out of the way and layed on them to stop him ripping his throat open, he managed to get away but with £200 worth of vets bills for his wounds. But worst of all it was terrifying, my heart goes out to the poor women and her dog.
Staffordshire mastiffs should be muzzled if they are aggressive in any way. They have locking jaws and so very hard to get them off. My golden doodle has now been attacked twice, first time the guy pushed me out of the way and layed on them to stop him ripping his throat open, he managed to get away but with £200 worth of vets bills for his wounds. But worst of all it was terrifying, my heart goes out to the poor women and her dog. jackie65
  • Score: -1

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