Police are appealing for witnesses after a puppy was killed at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Saturday (6 September).

The 10-week-old miniature long-haired dachshund, called Nix (pictured), was attacked by another dog while he was being walked on a lead.

The dog that attacked the puppy has been described as looking like a staffy-cross and had a mottled effect brown coat. Its owner had it on a black lead and harness.

“The dog just suddenly appeared and grabbed him round the neck,” said Nix’s owner Caitlin Cartwright.

“I picked Nix up straight away and ran down the hill to try and find a vet. The owner of the other dog just walked away.

“Unfortunately there was nothing that the vets could do for him as he was already dead.

“He had been carried in my backpack for most of the day as he was only a puppy. I had only put him down for a few minutes.”

The incident is being treated as an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act and the Cambridgeshire police are looking for anyone who might know the dog’s owner.

“He is described as white, in his mid-to-late 40s, slim, with greyish, receding cropped hair,” said a spokesman from the police. “He was wearing a light blue top and jeans.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Norman McCallum on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

  • birmingham

    There is a disturbing trend among bleeding-heart types to adopt these types from rescues in order to “prove” to the world that it is a nurture not nature issue and that they are just the victim of owner abuse. The problem is that they are bred and built to kill so when they snap, the result is dead dogs and toddlers. Not worth the risk.

  • Martin Lloyd

    I’m sure the BBC would have some video that was not aired, which could help track the owner down.

  • Tracey Dooley

    Such sad news. I do hope they find the offending dog and it’s owner. To just walk away is absolute cowardice and he should be ashamed of himself. Disgusting.