A DOG owner is appealing for help to trace two youths with a pack of dogs which attacked his beloved pet and left it for dead.
John Chappell, of Fox Hill Crescent, Fox Hill, Sheffield was walking his dog, Georgie, along Back Edge, Birley Carr, when it was savaged on Sunday morning.
He said two dogs were initially involved in the attack, but then another eight joined in.
The 65-year-old said: “My dog is a little shiatsu and Yorkshire terrier cross, no bigger than a cat.
“We were out for a walk on Sunday when two massive dogs started attacking it.
“One of them grabbed it first and I bent down to protect my dog and was bitten through my hand.
“If I hadn’t have moved my hand he would have been dead.
“The other joined in and then before I knew it there was a pack of up to 10 involved.
“They were with two lads who had all the dogs off their leads and they didn’t do anything to help – they just sort of smiled and walked off leaving me with blood pouring out of my hand and my dog dying.”
Mr Chappell, whose hand wound has become infected, rushed his pet to a veterinary hospital fearing for his life.
He said: “His insides were hanging out, it was awful, I thought he was going to die.
“From talking to people, it sounds like these two lads with their dogs are often around here, so somebody must know who they are.
“The police need to find them, because if this is what their dogs are getting away with they are going to kill another dog, or even a person.
“I can’t tell you how awful it was watching the little dog you love getting ripped to bits.
“Georgie is now terrified to leave the house, I can’t get him to go for a walk.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A description has been circulated to all Sheffield officers and one officer from the local policing team has identified a possible suspect.
“No arrests have been made at this stage, but enquiries are ongoing.”
n Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 403 of Sunday, October 21.