John and Janet Rayner with a picture of their dog, Scampy. Picture by Robin Crossley
AN ELDERLY couple whose terrier was mauled to death by a rottweiler have spoken of their heartbreak — and appealed for the rottweiler's owner to do the decent thing and come forward.
John and Janet Rayner, of Windmill Close, Ryde, say they have not stopped crying since their nine-year-old yorkie, Scamp, died in the attack, currently the subject of a police investigation.
Mr Rayner, 69, was walking Scamp at Firestone Copse, Wootton, at around 8am on Saturday when the rottweiler appeared out of nowhere, grabbed the little dog in its jaws and killed him.
Hampshire Constabulary's wildlife crime officer PC Nick Massey said police were investigating the attack and urged dog walkers not to panic.
He said: "Officers have carried out several searches in the surrounding area and made enquiries with local communities and campsites. The rottweiler has not been identified or located at this time."
He appealed for the rottweiler's owner, witnesses or anyone with information to call Ryde Police Station on 101.
Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.