A grandmother has urged owners of large and powerful dogs to keep them on a lead following a vicious attack on her beloved pet.
Heartbroken Kathryn Wrennall still lives with the nightmare incident when her 12-year-old border terrier Blu was set upon by another dog.
The stricken pet was later put down by a vet.
Kathryn, 64, who lives with her husband Jim, 68, on Pear Tree Avenue, Coppull, is now nervous about taking her other border terrier pet Boris, eight, out for walks as a result of the attack and has called for common sense from owners.
“It’s just to alert the number of dog owners there are around this area,” she said.
“It’s got to the stage with what had happened with little Blu, I’m constantly looking over my shoulder.
“I know a lot of people are feeling the same.”
Blu was attacked on Pear Tree Avenue by a husky-type dog which was being walked off a lead on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday in May.
“I was taking Blu out as normal and a dog came off the field and without any provocation it went for her and shook her,” said Kathryn
“It was like a husky-type dog. A young girl was with it, there were two big dogs.
“Everybody heard my scream all over the railway line. The neighbours heard me and came out.
“I’m so thankful I didn’t have my granddaughter with me, who’s six.”
Kathryn added: “She was a beautifully natured little dog and all the neighbours loved her. Boris is lost now, he cries.”
Kathryn rang the police who told her to report the incident to Chorley Council.
“I must say, Chorley Council and the dog warden has been very supportive to us,” said Kathryn.
“It’s just not right, something like this can traumatise people.
“Anybody with a big, powerful dog should realise what they can do. Keep them on a lead.”
Coun Paul Walmsley, who looks after community safety for Chorley Council, said: “This is a terribly distressing incident for Mrs Wrennall and we have every sympathy.
“We did, as we always do, investigate it at the time.
“However, we do strongly support her call for people to keep their dogs under control in public areas to ensure that incidents like this don’t happen again.”