A Glenrothes family has been left distraught after their beloved pet was so badly mauled by another dog it had to be put down just hours later.
Brian Dick was walking his son’s dog, Bailey, on its lead when it was savagely attacked by another owner’s larger animal, thought to be either a Newfoundland or St Bernard.
Bailey suffered severe bites to the head and body, one of which was so bad it punctured the five-year-old Jack Russell’s lung.
The owner of the other animal is described as a white male, around 50-years-old and wearing glasses and a grey tracksuit.
The man is said to have referred to his pet as Levi as he tried to wrestle the dog away before fleeing the scene.
Other owners rushed to help following the attack, which happened at Glamis Path in Pitteuchar at around 1.30pm on Friday, July 19.
A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed it had been alerted to the incident which has now been referred to Fife Council’s dog wardens.
Bailey’s owner, Alistair Dick and his devastated family, who learned of the attack while returning from a holiday, have urged the owner to come forward, fearing the dog may strike again.
Mr Dick, who has two young daughters, said: “We have been left totally brokenhearted by this; my children, Marlie and Maddie and my wife Denise are inconsolable.
“We’ve had Bailey since he was a puppy, he was more than just a pet, he was a member of the family.
“The owner of the dog now has to take responsibility as this can’t be allowed to happen again. That might have been my daughter walking Bailey.
“Next time it may be a child which is maimed or even worse, killed.”
On returning home the family rushed Bailey to a veterinary practice, but because of the catastrophic injuries, the family took the agonising decision to end Bailey’s suffering and put their beloved pet to sleep.
“We are glad that we were able to be by his side in those final moments and say our goodbyes but I don’t want any other family to have to go through that pain, the owner must come forward,” said Alistair.
Mark McCall, safer communities service manager, said: “Our Dog Control Officers are investigating and are appealing for witnesses to get in touch by calling 01592 583642 or emailing email@example.com with any information.
“Action will be taken in line with the Control Of Dogs Scotland Act if appropriate.
“Meantime we would ask all dog owners to ensure they keep dogs under control and on a lead whilst walking in public spaces.”