Gerald Piper's dog Ozzy died after the attack in Tredegar Park
AN 18-MONTH-OLD puppy was savagely killed by two dogs and its owner left with cuts to his head and hands after he tried to stop the attack.
Gerald Piper, 69, from Maindee, Newport, took his 18-month-old Yorkshire terrier-poodle cross Ozzy to Tredegar Park on Friday night for a walk.
He said: "We went to the park at 5.30pm which we do at least half a dozen times a week. As I parked up I noticed a small white hatchback in the car park, with two dogs on leads standing outside it.
"When I let him out, Ozzy ran over to them, because he's very friendly and loves meeting other dogs.
"But when he got close to them they got hold of him and basically ripped him apart. It was terrible to see.
"They went for me as well as I was trying to get them off him, and cut my hands and head.
"I took him straight to the vet and he needed 40 stitches. He died on Monday night because one of the wounds had become infected. I've had to go for a tetanus jab now."
Mr Piper said the dogs which savaged Ozzy were black and looked like pitbulls.
He added: "To be fair, their owner did try to help me get them off Ozzy. But once we got them off he concentrated on calming them down while I got Ozzie wrapped in a blanket and rushed him to the vet.
"It was very upsetting."
Rachel Hawkins, a vet at Alpha Vets in Risca said: "Ozzy's injuries were very severe. Two thirds of his body was covered by a wound.
"I've never actually seen injuries as severe as that. Ozzy was only a small, 5 kilo dog and the injuries were extensive. His body went into toxic shock and died, and we were all very sad to lose him."
A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: "Anyone with any information about this incident should call 101."