Little dog Saddie has died eight days after suffering horrific injuries in a vicious attack by a loose akita.
The five-year-old pompap – a pomeranian and papillon cross – had undergone surgery at a Newcastle vets yesterday, but took a turn for the worse overnight.
And earlier today, after her temperature and heart rate dropped, she finally lost her battle with injuries the vet described as ‘some of the worst he’d ever seen’.
Saddie had been out for a walk in Burslem with her owner Graham Phillips on April 2 when the akita grabbed her, shook her around and ripped a large section of her skin away, leaving it hanging like flap.
StokeonTrentLive understands the akita responsible has been destroyed following the attack and the owner has spoken to the police.
Graham, of Leonard Street, Burslem, and his family have been left devastated by the news.
The 69-year-old said: “Saddie had a bad night and her heart just couldn’t take anymore. They tried reviving her, but she lost her fight.
“The poor little duck lasted eight days. Her temperature and her heartbeat dropped, I think she’d just had enough.
“The house seems so empty without her.”
The attack happened in an alleyway between Gordon Street, Jackfield Street and Wade Street.