WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: The owner of a dog accused of savagely mauling and killing a dachshund in Melbourne’s southeast claims her dog was attacked first.
Kashila Chintamunnee wrote on Facebook her dachshund Coco was “mauled to death” while on a walk in Pakenham on Tuesday about 11am, before the woman owner of the accused attacking dog “walked away”.
Ms Chintamunnee appealed for help finding the owner of the dog which allegedly attacked Coco, sharing a picture of her with the offending dog.
The woman who owns the dog allegedly responsible for the attack came forward, telling Daily Mail Australia that three dogs approached her dog first and attacked him.
She said no one else was around as this happened, and she tried to break up the fight.
It’s not clear if Coco was one of those dogs.
However, she added her dog latched on to one of the other dogs and she called for help.
She claims a car pulled out from a house across the road, and the owners of the dog didn’t realise theirs had escaped. The woman called on them to “get a bucket of water” as she couldn’t remove her dog.
Ms Chintamunnee claims the woman fled after the attack.
But the woman said she was out on the walk with her dog and six-year-old son.
“They said I walked off, but I had to get my son home and I didn't know what to do – they didn't ask how my son was or anything,” she told the Mail.
She also pointed out, as is visible in the photo shared by Ms Chintamunnee, her dog was on a lead.
Ms Chintamunnee told the Cranbourne Leader that Coco got out after her dad opened the gate and went to sniff another pooch. That dog then attacked Coco, she claims.
“The dog had bitten too deep into Coco's main vessel as he had lost that much blood - I was drenched in his blood that's how much there was,” she told the paper.
Ms Chintamunnee added she rushed Coco to the vet but her dog couldn’t be saved.
10 daily has obtained CCTV from the park which appears to show the attack.
A white dog, which appears to be the one pictured, is seen moving near a woman and child.
The woman then steps onto a picnic table before a car pulls up and two people step out, appearing to go over and help.
Cardinia Shire Council confirmed to Yahoo News Australia the incident is being investigated but is unable to comment further.
“Anyone with information is encouraged to contact council,” the spokesperson said.
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