A DEVOTED dog owner whose four-legged friend was killed in an attack has been dealt a further blow after police closed the case and said they would not be taking any further action.
Alan Tuffley (77) was walking his miniature dachshund Koda in Dinnington last month when it was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier.
He was hurt when he tried to separate the two dogs but he said police had told him they were not investigating the incident any further.
Alan, of Shelley Drive, said: “I asked them why and they said it was because it was a dog fight.
“I told them that it injured me as well and they more or less said that I should just have left the dog to slaughter mine and not rescued him.”
Alan said he had been walking along Silverdales with four-and-a-half-year-old Koda at around 10.50am on Sunday, September 17, when the incident happened.
He had bought the dog for his 12-year-old granddaughter Laura but looked after it with his wife Gillian (75).
“The police say it was a dog fight but how can it be a ‘fight’ when my little boy weighed 12-and-a-half pounds and the other was four stone?” Alan said.
“Them not investigating any more doesn’t give us any closure.
“It’s really affected us — he was my little mate by he was Gillian’s baby.”
Koda was left with six crushed ribs, a hole in his trachea and a hole in his lungs and vets decided they could not save him.
The Advertiser contacted South Yorkshire Police for comment but did not receive one.