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Beagle dies after savage attack

Issue: 01/12/2017

A defenceless Beagle called Chester was savaged to death by two dogs on a field in Salford, Greater Manchester.
The dogs were taken by the Police under the Dangerous Dogs Act and they continue to make enquiries. At present no arrests have been made.
Jennifer Thornley told the Manchester Evening News that Chester was given as a present to her from her husband on their wedding day.
Describing Chester she said, 'He was the most beautiful boy. He was our best friend, we absolutely love him. He was so friendly, so trusting. He was so funny and made us laugh every day.
'He followed us everywhere around the house - and if one of us was upstairs and the other downstairs, he'd sit on the top step so he could be between us.'
Chester's dog walker, Janet Payne, was unable to intervene as the two mastiff-type dogs set upon the Beagle. In less than a minute Chester was dead.
Janet said, 'At one point the white dog looked at me and I thought I was for it, but he went back to Chester. Then the man managed to get him off and left the other dog with me as he walked off calling for it every now and then. Eventually the blood-covered dog ran after him, he didn't even look back.
'He just left me screaming in horror with the poor lifeless boy at my feet.'
Greater Manchester Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with further information to get in touch.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference number 1066 of 22.11.17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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