A 69 year old granddad went to his local shop in New Earswick and came across a group of young men who set their black Staffordshire Bull Terrier on Tilly, his 14 year old Jack Russell. The man has Alzheimer's and is struggling to remember certain details from the attack which is making it difficult for the police to carry out their investigation.
The incident happened on July 28 at about 11.45am.
We spoke to Phoebe Bage his granddaughter who stated, ''We're all distraught by what's happened and it has really taken its toll on my granddad as he and Tilly are inseparable.. The police have released an appeal asking for any witnesses to come forward.
Police said there had been suggestion that it was a deliberately-orchestrated attack, Tilly was securely tied to a lamp [pst outside of the shops in New Earswick whilst attacked by a black staffordshire bull terrier. After the mauling Tilly had to be operated on and now has stitches running across the entire body of her upper back.
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North Yorkshire Police ask anyone with information is asked to phone PC Gareth Vaughan or York Police on 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The incident reference number is 12140129576.