Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting COUNTY GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
Terrier mauled to death by rottweiler in Winchester Street, Taunton
HORRIFIED neighbours have told of the moment a dog was mauled to death on a quiet street in broad daylight.
Shocked onlookers watched as the little terrier was dragged around Winchester Street, Taunton, by a rottweiler and left for dead.
Police have launched an investigation under the Dangerous Dogs Act following Sunday’s (September 1) attack and enquiries are ongoing.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told the County Gazette: “I was so shocked to see it.
“It was dragging it across the pavement and blood went everywhere.
“It splattered a few cars and one man tried to drag the rott-weiler off.
“The police came and I was told to go back in the house because they were armed.
“Both ends of the road were taped off and the dead terrier was covered over by a bin.”
Another said: “I couldn’t believe it. It’s so sad and you hear about these things more and more these days.
“It’s dangerous when there are young children about.”
The drama unfolded shortly before 6pm when it is understood the rottweiler roamed into the street and got hold of the terrier.
The rottweiler was then said to have used the terrier as a toy in front of neighbours before officers were called.
Armed police cordoned off both ends of the north side of Winchester Street, near the Viridor building, while they brought the dog under control.
It was then seized as police tracked down the owner and a clean-up operation followed to rid the pavement and nearby cars of blood.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “An investigation has begun after a dog was killed by another dog in Taunton.
“At around 5.50pm on Sunday, September 1, we were called to Winchester Street following a report that a rottweiler had killed a terrier.
“The rottweiler was brought under control and then seized by police who attended the scene.
“The incident is being investigated under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact police on 101.”
Comments are closed on this article.