Pet's shocking wounds after vicious Helen's Bay beach attack
Images of savage wounds to a dog's neck have been posted online by a Co Down pet owner after their dog was mauled yesterday.
The gruesome images show a huge open wound on the neck of the Jack Russell type dog.
The distressed owner, who is from Helen's Bay, posted the pictures on the 'Pets Lost and Found in Northern Ireland' Facebook page.
She claims her pet was set upon at the beach in Helen's Bay by a lurcher or greyhound that was off its lead and not muzzled, and said the owner fled after the attack.
"The police have been informed - it is important they get the help they need to investigate this attack before another animal or even person is hurt," she said.
A spokesperson for the lost pet group told the Belfast Telegraph that a man had been identified to police and said a second dog owner claimed to have photographs and video footage of a separate attack that may involve the same owner.
They added: "This little one has been to the vet.
"It has had stitches and a drain inserted and is also now on antibiotics."
Dog owner Grainne Moran was shocked by the viciousness of the attack.
Commenting on the pictures on social media she wrote: "This is terrible! I'm a dog owner but I firmly believe dogs should not be off leads in public places at all; dogs are animals and can be unpredictable no matter how well you think you know your pet. Hope the owner is caught and your dog recovers."
Heather Pamelington added: "This is horrific. I hope your dog makes a full recovery.
"I'm a (very responsible) greyhound owner and would be absolutely devastated if my dog did this."
Sandra Bothwell from Carrickfergus said: "Poor wee pet. My little Shih Tzu was attacked by a German Shepherd earlier this year.
"Thank goodness she has recovered.
"Hope your wee doggie is okay and the owner of other dog is found. Disgrace."
Earlier this month a dog owner from Newtownards spoke out after her dog Eddie was killed following an attack by two large black dogs in Cromwelin Park in Donaghadee on September 12.
Julie Palmer said she was forced to put her three-year-old terrier type dog down due his injuries.
"There didn't appear to be an owner with the dogs who attacked Eddie and they haven't been identified as yet," she said.
"Please be very careful if you are walking your dog in this area or if you have children who play there.
"Eddie was only three years old, he was a much loved family pet and he loved going for a walk. We are all devastated."