A dog owner whose pet was nearly killed in a horrific Angus attack has backed calls for tougher action.
Gordon Dickie’s four-year-old West Highland terrier Poppy is on a cocktail of painkillers following the mauling.
Poppy will be signed off by a vet on Friday but it will be two months before her wounds heal after the attack by a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Mr Dickie’s greyhound/pointer crossbreed Oscar also had both his legs bitten in the attack near Rossie Island at the back of Montrose Basin.
Twelve-year-old Oscar was chased and attacked but Mr Dickie’s jack russell Jocky who is also 12 escaped relatively unharmed after getting away.
Mr Dickie, who is retired, said the whole ordeal has left him and his wife Ann extremely upset and disappointed by the lack of police action.
“I read in The Courier that a Siberian husky owner was prosecuted by the court after killing 20 chickens near Forfar,” said Mr Dickie.
“What’s the difference between chickens and dogs?
“I think the police should be taking this further my dogs could have been killed.”
Mr Dickie said the police told him that it was not a case for them but for the dog warden in Angus.
He said the dog warden has spoken to the owner of the animal responsible for the attack and was told precautions have been taken to ensure it will not happen again.
However, Mr Dickie said he was told the precautions have been kept “confidential” something he thinks is “a nonsense”.
An Angus Council spokesman said: “Each incident is dealt with according to its own particular circumstances and, on this occasion, it is not appropriate to disclose further information.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “In circumstances where a dog attacks another dog it would be passed to the dog warden.”