I watched rottweiler kill my dog

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A distraught dog owner has told of the night her pet Yorkshire terrier was attacked and killed by a powerful rottweiler.

Catherine Stirling said she was just yards from her Holytown home when the sickening incident occurred.

Mrs Stirling, of Park Avenue, spoke out after the rottweiler owner was fined £300 at Hamilton Sheriff Court for allowing his dog to be dangerously out of control in November last year. Her nine-year-old terrier, Jinky, died from internal injuries after the attack.

She said: “I tried to get the rottweiler off Jinky, but it bit me twice on the hands. It shook Jinky violently and that’s what caused the injuries.

“It all happened so quickly. The rottweiler was on an extendable lead like Jinky. Its owner was round the corner and didn’t see what was happening.”

Mrs Stirling was angry at the outcome of the court case, saying: “He must be laughing up his sleeve at a £300 fine. People with large, aggressive dogs shouldn’t be using long leads and should have their animal muzzled.”

See more in this week’s Motherwell Times & Bellshill Speaker, out on Wednesday.