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Second vicious dog attack

PUBLISHED: 17:14 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 09:28 11 August 2010

A TINY Shitzu was mauled and shaken like a ragdoll by a powerful Japanese Akita in front of its terrified owners. Little Chubby, who only weighs about 8kg, was pounced on by the vicious dog in Barking Park who threw him in the air and bit into his neck. H

A TINY Shitzu was mauled and shaken like a ragdoll by a powerful Japanese Akita in front of its terrified owners.

Little Chubby, who only weighs about 8kg, was pounced on by the vicious dog in Barking Park who threw him in the air and bit into his neck.

His owners, Duncan and Jean Murray, watched in horror as the huge Akita, weighing about 45kg, took Chubby into his mouth and began to chew on him.

Thankfully the little Shitzu survived but with severe injuries.

Duncan bravely managed to lean on the Akita's neck putting pressure on the massive dog's windpipe until it released Chubby.

He said: "It was terrifying, my wife and I couldn't sleep for days afterwards.

"Poor Chubby has been in and out of the Vet's for two weeks now. The bills are going to cost around £1,000.

"It is the Akita's owner I'm angry with. She shouldn't be allowed to keep such a dangerous dog.

"I would like to see it taken away from her or destroyed - next time it won't be another dog it will be a child!"

This is the second time that a dog owner has called the POST to complain about the Akita's owner not being able to control him.

Jackie Conway was walking her Labrador, Brooklyn, in Barking Park in November when he too was attacked by the vicious dog.

Both Jackie and Duncan say that the Akita escaped through a hole in its owner's fence.

They both called the police and the RSPCA about the attacks and were told the woman would be visited.

After Brooklyn was attacked in November the RSPCA told the Akita's owner that she must keep him muzzled while out and about.

Duncan claims that this has not been done.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "We cannot comment on individual cases but if someone owns a powerful dog then they must keep them under control.

"They should make sure the dog is on a lead and muzzled when out in public.

"If an owner allows things like this to happen due to their negligence then they could be prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering to another dog.

A police spokeswoman said: "This is the second time a member of the public has reported the Akita dog to us.

"Longbridge safer neighbourhood team are working in partnership with the RSPCA and will speak to the owner to find a long term solution to this problem.


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