A tiny pet dog was savaged so badly by a bull mastiff that its leg was ripped off.
Little Nyiahh Evans, three, was with her older sister Paris Agordo, nine, and their mum Hannah Grundy shopping in Kirkham when the brutal attack happened ,which nearly cost their dog Teddy’s life.
Miss Grundy, of Garstang Road South, Wesham, had popped into a shop on Poulton Street leaving the girls to look after the dog, a Yorkshire terrier.
When she heard them scream she ran out to see 10-year-old Teddy clutched in the jaws of the bull mastiff.
Her mother Lorraine White, who shares ownership of Teddy, said: “It savaged our little dog to the point his little leg was ripped off. My daughter and two other men who intervened had to fight to get it off him, but it went for the kill.
“It was shaking Teddy while he was in his mouth – it was like he was a bone to him and he was going to die if the dog didn’t let go.
“In the end, the two men were wrestling with the dog and it finally let go. It was horrific.”
Teddy was taken to the PSDA in Blackpool, where vets had to amputated what was left of his leg and treat severe wounds to his back.
Mrs White said: “He is very, very poorly.
“We’ve been sat up nursing him. We’ve been turning him every two hours as he can’t move very well on his own and we’ve been bottle feeding him.
“The whole thing came from nowhere and we were really worried we were going to lose him.”
Police in Blackpool confirmed they had been made aware of the incident.
A spokesman said it was believed the dog had escaped from its owner’s garden, but added police didn’t investigate dog-on-dog attacks.
The dog warden at Fylde Council has been made aware of the incident and is investigating.
Late last year, Chorley Council took civil action against the owners of a Shar Pei which attacked a 12-year-old chihuahua in a caravan park in Ulnes Walton, Leyland.
The little dog died from its injuries.