NEWLYWED dog owners have been left heartbroken after their dog was mauled to death just days after they returned from their honeymoon.
Joan Chadwick, aged 67, could only watch in horror as eight-year-old shih-tzu Candy – a present from her partner Frank six years ago – was savaged by a Staffordshire bull terrier which had been let off its lead.
Candy was rushed to the Sheffield PDSA Pet Aid Hospital in Attercliffe after the attack close to the couple’s home in Firshill Crescent, Shirecliffe.
However, the vet told them nothing could be done to save their beloved pet.
Mr Chadwick, 65, described the incident as a ‘rotten killing’.
He said: “It just savaged her. It was like it was wringing her neck.
“When I saw the blood coming from her neck I knew straight away she was going to die.
“She was yelping and struggling to breathe.
“Some neighbours came out with towels and we got the dog into the car and to the PDSA, but there was nothing they could do. The towels were sodden with blood.
“My wife has been distraught ever since.”
Candy had been a present from Mr Chadwick to his partner six years ago after her previous owner became unable to look after her.
Now the couple, who had returned from their honeymoon in Blackpool, Lancashire, just three days before the killing last Sunday afternoon, want to see more action taken against owners who let their dogs roam off a lead.
Mr Chadwick said: “My wife had spoken to the Staffy owner before about keeping her dog on a lead, but she took no notice. It seems people want bigger dogs, but when they get them they don’t know how to control them.
“The dog has got the taste for blood now. What if it had been a child?”