A heartbroken dog owner says she will never get over the death of her pet, which died after being attacked at a caravan park.
Dylan, a 12-year-old chihuahua, was being walked by John Hills at Royal Umpire Caravan Park, in Ulnes Walton, Leyland, when he was knocked over by a Shar Pei, called Wilma, on May 3.
Dylan was immediately taken for treatment, but he died from what the vet described as “traumatic injuries”.
Chorley Council took civil action against the owners of the Shar Pei, Steven and Jane Menarry, of Bryn Road South, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan.
South Ribble Magistrates’ Court heard the Shar Pei dog was dangerous and not under proper control after it slipped its lead and injured Dylan.
Steven Menarry, 49, and Jane Menarry, 43, both accepted liability and magistrates issued a control order.
The order states the dog must be kept on a full body harness and muzzled at all times whilst out in public, and is banned from Royal Umpire Caravan Park.
Mr Menarry was also ordered to pay £600 towards the council’s costs.
After the hearing, Mr Hills’ wife, Carolene Hills, said she was devastated by the death of her pet.
The 63-year-old said: “I will never get over it.
“Dylan was much loved and we have to live with this for the rest of our lives.
“He always looked to us for protection because he was so fragile and we feel we have let him down.”
Mrs Hills, who runs a steel fabrications business in Leyland with her husband, hopes the case will be a warning to other dog owners.
She said: “Whenever people are out with small dogs, I hope they will be wary of large dogs.”
Coun Adrian Lowe, who oversees animal welfare for Chorley Council, said: “This was a very distressing incident which has obviously devastated Dylan’s owners who lost a much-loved pet.”
“We take the promotion of responsible dog ownership very seriously, which is why we took action against the Menarrys.
“We felt if they had kept their dog under proper control this would never have happened.”