Rag doll

Puppy dies after dog ransacked him ‘like a rag doll’ near Leighton-Linslade Canal


A puppy was attacked and killed by an ‘out of control’ dog in front of horrified witnesses in Leighton Buzzard.

Samantha Miles, 38, claims her Shih Tzu Lola was attacked by a large greyhound-type dog on Sunday July 3, which also attempted to bite her partner and son, and pierced the neck of another terrier.

She claims the “monstrous” dog ransacked Lola for ten minutes, puncturing her lung and breaking three ribs. Unable to breathe, Lola died at the scene in the arms of her family.

Samantha, who was walking along the canal near Monarch Way, said: “The woman, who was about 15 yards from us, shouted from the other side, ‘Do you mind leashing your dogs, I’m trying to train my dog…’, then something about ‘risk’.

“But as soon as my partner put the clasp around Lola, that greyhound attacked her like she was a rag doll, piercing her whole body.

“My partner is a strong man, but he couldn’t get that dog out. My son tried to put his fingers around the dog’s mouth to get it out.

“It lasted about ten minutes, it was just horrible.”

Samantha claims the dog tried to bite her partner, Robert Perez, and her son, Ryan, but luckily it didn’t puncture their pants.

She claims he also tried to bite a passerby and attacked another dog. Samantha, Robert and Ryan were also walking their Yorkshire Terrier, Roxy, but she managed to hide.

Robert, 60, says: “It was monstrous. The lady seemed to be really, really struggling with it. She basically just grabbed Lola by the neck. It was like stepping out of a horror movie .”

After the attack, Samantha was picked up by a local named Steve so she could get away from the scene, while a vet – who was passing by – confirmed that Lola was dead.

Steve then took Robert and Lola to Vets Now, Milton Keynes, where she was examined further and will be cremated.

Samantha says: “Everyone was coming out of their apartment because they heard these high-pitched screams.

“The landlady didn’t even apologize. She was like ‘husband, I need my husband’.”

Robert added: “She was wearing protective gloves, which tells you something.”

Robert claims that, in addition to the leash, which he was let loose, the “greyhound” also initially wore a harness and muzzle.

However, they claim he wasn’t wearing either when he grabbed Lola.

Samantha told the LBO: “It’s really to raise awareness. We’re trying to get this dog put down, and if he’s not put down, there should be strict rules about leashing them.

“They [greyhounds] are so dangerous. They are trained to kill rabbits… and then [when retired] let loose around the kids.”

Robert concluded, “Lola was a happy little dog. She didn’t deserve to die like this.”

A Bedfordshire Police spokesperson said: ‘We received a report shortly after 10am on Sunday (3 July) of an incident where a dog injured another dog in Monarch Way.

“Officers are investigating and anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to get in touch.

“Anyone with information is asked to visit www.beds.police.uk or call 101 and quote reference 40/38185/22.”