Family’s heartbreak after one-year-old Jack Russell puppy named Gaia is savaged by Rottweiler with no lead or muzzle
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A family has been left heartbroken after their one-year-old Jack Russell puppy was savaged by a Rottweiler with no lead or muzzle.
Malgarzota Maskera’s husband Oz was taking Gaia out for a walk in Cricklewood, north London, last Friday when their puppy was attacked by the giant dog.
Marlgarzota, known as Margaret, told MyLondon the Rottweiler ran across some grass and attacked the tiny 5kg puppy, throwing her onto the floor.
She said the attacking dog had no lead or muzzle on, and was very aggressive.
The puppy was left with horrific injuries after the attack, with around 60 per cent of the skin on her back torn off.
A family has been left heartbroken after their one-year-old puppy Gaia (pictured) was savaged by a Rottweiler with no lead or muzzle
The puppy was left with horrific injuries after the attack, with around 60 per cent of the skin on her back torn off
Margaret, 54, said: ‘He straight ran to my dog and took my little one. She was able to slide off from the collar and lead and ran away. She suffered horrible injuries.’
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Margaret said that Gaia is ‘still fighting for her life’ at Hendon Medivet veterinary practice and needs an X-ray to ensure that she has no internal damage.
Rottweilers are large and powerful dogs and therefore have a greater potential for causing harm than smaller breeds.
Although often affectionate and friendly, countries such as Ecuador and Bermuda have banned them as pets as they are deemed to be territorial and potentially dangerous.
Gaia fled in fear after the attack and her worried family couldn’t find her for a further eight hours.
A neighbour, Will, finally managed to find the injured puppy hiding in an allotment shortly after 9pm, but by this point dirt and debris had entered her wounds and made them even worse.
Will said: ‘It was pretty horrific for Gaia, and for Margaret and her family. I think it’s an issue of people not taking responsibility for their dogs.’
Margaret added: ‘I didn’t expect that you’re walking on the street and suddenly your dog could be killed or your child be attacked, or anyone, you know.’
They added that dog attacks in the area have been an ongoing problem for residents.
The attack on Gaia has completely devastated Margaret’s whole family as she admitted she ‘doesn’t feel safe’ on the street.
Malgarzota Maskera is pictured with her puppy, who she says is still ‘fighting for her life’
Meanwhile, her 14-year-old daughter has been left ‘very upset’ and ‘afraid’ to go out walking.
Gaia, who is just one year and seven months old, will need to stay at the practice for several weeks due to the severity of her injuries and for operations to remove the dying skin on her back.
Speaking about her beloved pet, Margaret said: ‘She’s the cutest dog, loved by all the neighbours. She doesn’t even know how to bite, she just licks and kisses.
‘She was full of life, jumping around. She was very sweet. She was very attached to me, she’s like a family member.’
Margaret had not yet sorted insurance for Gaia, and is now looking at high costs for vet bills as a result of the attack.
She and Will are fundraising to help the family pay for the operations and treatments Gaia needs.
You can donate to the GoFundMe for Gaia here.
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at 12.37hrs on 25 August after a dog was attacked by another dog in Cricklewood Lane.
‘There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.’
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