Greyhound kills 10-week-old puppy and attacks Weston woman

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 December 2017

The cockapoo Shandy who died from her injuries.

The cockapoo Shandy who died from her injuries.


A Weston-super-Mare businesswoman is calling on dog owners to be more vigilant after a greyhound attacked her and killed a 10-week-old puppy.

Lucy Gregory.Lucy Gregory.

Lucy Gregory, aged 28, was bitten eight times and suffered a cracked kneecap when she was attacked at her day care business Pets, Homes and Gardens after taking on a greyhound for a ‘trial’ boarding session.

But less than five minutes after the dog’s owner dropped it off, it sprinted out to the garden and attacked a cockapoo puppy.

Lucy said: “The owner of the greyhound confirmed her dog had a great temperament and was not aggressive when she dropped him off.

“I had put my own two dogs in the back garden with Shandy the puppy and there was a solid six-foot gate separating the dogs so I could meet the greyhound first before introducing it to the others.

“However, within a few minutes of meeting the greyhound I did not feel comfortable having it at the house.

“Just as the owner left, it ran straight out of the front door, which the dog owner had not shut properly, and forced its way through the gate.

“I ran out to find the greyhound on top of Shandy, biting her neck.

“I kicked the greyhound off and was bitten several times while trying to save the puppy.

“One of the eight injuries was a cracked knee cap, which I am still undergoing treatment for.”

Shandy was taken to an emergency animal hospital in Langford but her injuries were too severe. She died from a collapsed lung and internal bleeding.

Lucy said she was ‘furious’ when the dog’s owner showed ‘no remorse’ and instead tried to blame her own dogs.

Lucy approached the Mercury about the incident after reading about a 15-year-old girl in an earlier edition of the paper and raised her concerns for people and animals’ safety.

She also learned the same greyhound which had killed Shandy had been linked to another puppy death last week.

Lucy added: “The attack happened due to an irresponsible owner who was not aware of how to look after their own dog and recognise the signs of an aggressive dog.

“People need to take care with dogs so something like this does not happen again. Next time it could be a baby.”

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