A dog has been pecked to death by seagulls.
Roo the Yorkshire Terrier suffered a severe head wounds and a brain haemorrhage after a group of gulls attacked him while he was playing in the back garden of his owner’s home in Cornwall last Thursday.
Mother-of-four Emily Vincent, who owned Roo said the little dog came running into the kitchen and was found in a pool of blood resembling a ‘murder scene’.
The family took the animal to the vet but he had to be put down as his wounds were too bad.
The seagulls – which are herring gulls – had been nesting on the roof of Ms Vincent’s house in St Columb Minor. They are believed to have been trying to protect their nest when they attacked Roo.
Emily, 36, said she is worried the gulls might attack her children, Jessie, one, Jace, three, Jasmine, nine and Jade, 14, and two Maltese Terriers Millie and Louis next.
Jace was with Roo in the garden and then all of a sudden Jace started screaming ‘Roo is bleeding’. I ran into the kitchen and saw Roo lying on his side and there was blood everywhere.
Roo had managed to run indoors and then collapsed. Blood was coming out of his head. It was like a murder scene. I couldn’t get any sense out of Jace initially but then he kept saying the big bird has got a sharp beak. Roo was still breathing so we rushed him to the vets.
He was initially stable but he was not responding to anything the vets tried because the brain damage so he had to be put down. Jace has been totally traumatised and randomly bursts out crying. I have not stopped crying and now I’ve reached the angry stage.
It could have been my child that was hurt and there is nothing I can do about it. My other two dogs are too scared to go into the garden and Jace is not himself. There should be more done to protect people and their pets. Roo was like another child to me. The whole family is grieving. It has been horrific.
We will now not let the children or the dogs out in the garden unless we are with them.
Ms Vincent is unable to have the seagulls removed because they are protected by Cornwall Council.
This is not the first killing of a dog by seagulls. A chuhuahua puppy called Bella was killed in a garden in Honiton, Devon, in May.