Sunday 17 December 2017

'It was like a murder scene' - Owner distraught after seagull pecks pet terrier to death

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A beloved pet dog was pecked to death in a ‘horrific attack’ by a seagull in a back garden in Cornwall.

The Yorkshire terrier, known as ‘Roo’, was attacked in the garden of his owner’s home.

The small, eight-year-old dog received head wounds during the attack and was believed to be left with brain damage.

It is reported the Herring gulls were nesting on the roof of the house and attacked the dog trying to protect their nest.

Roo was put down by a local vet who determined he would not survive his wounds.

Now, his owner Emily Vincent says she fears for the safety of her four children and her other two dogs, Maltese terries Millie and Louis.

"Jace [my son] was with Roo in the garden and then all of a sudden Jace started screaming that Roo is bleeding.

"I ran into the kitchen and saw Roo lying on his side and there was blood everywhere. Roo had managed to run indoors and then collapsed. Blood was coming out of his head,” she told a local newspaper.

"It was like a murder scene. I couldn't get any sense out of Jace initially but then he kept saying the big bird has got sharp teeth.”

Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall Police have warned that Herring gulls as a protected species.

They said it is an offence to intentionally kill or injure the bird.

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