Tiny chihuahua pup survives terrifying attack at Preston beach
A HELPLESS owner watched as her tiny puppy was grabbed around the neck by a larger dog and held for 30 minutes in its locked jaws.
Sammy the terrified chihuahua was paraded around Preston beach, Paignton, by the dog which refused to let go.
The animal ran into the sea with little Sammy between its teeth 'like a toy' and only released the frightened puppy when its owner bit it on the ear.
Sammy was so badly injured that owner Rita Weeks, who also suffered a bite, thought she was dead.
But she says vets worked miracles to bring her unconscious dog back to life and the brave little animal is now recovering at home in Paignton.
The owner of the other dog helped to get Sammy to the vets and has agreed to foot the medical bill.
Rita said the bull terrier was running around before it spotted Sammy cowering away.
She said: "I went to pick Sammy up, but was bitten by the dog who then grabbed Sammy round the neck and run off with her in its locked jaws in the sea.
"It went on for half an hour and was horrific.
"Everyone was screaming and some tried in vain to open its locked jaws."
A group of women who were walking the dog could not persuade it to let go and called the dog's owner who was in Torquay.
"He had to bite his dog's ear to unhinge its hold," Mrs Weeks claimed.
"Poor tiny Sammy was cold wet and bleeding, she was unconscious but thankfully someone resuscitated her."
The owner of the bull terrier rushed Rita and the limp puppy to Dart Vale Vets in Manor Road, Paignton, where she received life support.
Rita feared the worst as her heartbeat was extremely weak, but against all the odds Sammy survived the night. She was x-rayed and her wounds stitched up. Sammy is recovering well but still poorly.
"Sammy is more than a pup," Rita says. "All our prayer's have been answered — a miracle happened.
"Without the help of the bull terrier's owner Sammy wouldn't be here."
Rita was treated for a bite to her hand at Torbay Hospital.
She said: "The owner has followed Sammy's progress via Dart Vale vets and has kindly offered to settle their bill and we wish to extend our thanks to him too."
Police logged a report and are investigating the incident but because it was classed as a dog-on-dog attack Rita says there is little they can do.