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- Carol Hartnell was walking Jeffrey a beach when he was mauled to death by three dogs
- She was also bitten on her right arm during the vicious two minute attack
- She claims a man who owned the dogs did nothing to intervene despite her ‘screaming at him to get the dogs away’
- Jeffrey sustained two broken ribs, a broken left leg and was left covered in puncture wounds
- Sadly three days after the attack Jeffrey died after succumbing to his injuries
A woman has spoken of her horror after her nine-year-old dachshund was mauled to death on a beach by three dogs ‘as their owner did nothing’.
Carol Hartnell, 45, was walking Jeffrey on Crosby Beach, Liverpool, on Tuesday night when she said he was viciously mauled by two lurchers and a Shar-Pei.
Surgical assistant, Carol, from North Wales, was also bitten on her right arm during the two minute attack.
She claims a man who owned the dogs did nothing to intervene despite her ‘screaming at him to get the dogs away’.
Carol Hartnell with Jeffrey who was viciously attacked as she walked him on Crosby Beach
Little Jeffrey sustained two broken ribs and a broken left leg. He was also left covered in puncture wounds. The picture shows his injuries
Jeffrey pictured on the beach shortly before he was attacked by the lurchers and a Shar-Pei
A picture Carol posted on her Facebook page of the dog owner she claims ‘did nothing’ during the attack with his dogs
Little Jeffrey sustained two broken ribs and a broken left leg, He was also left covered in puncture wounds.
Sadly, on Friday he died after succumbing to his injuries.
Carol says: ‘The attack was terrifying, I still feel as though I’m in shock.
‘It went on for about two minutes but felt like a lifetime.
‘Jeffrey was my soul mate and to see him like that broke my heart.
‘I’m completely devastated that he’s gone.’
Carol was walking on the beach with her partner Steph O’Hanlon, 37, a stay-at-home mum, and Steph’s poodle Charlie.
Carol says: ‘The beach was beautiful when we got there at about 8pm.
‘I let Jeffrey off the lead and he was sniffing around.
‘Suddenly, out of nowhere, a lurcher-type dog raced towards him.
‘He grabbed Jeffrey by the head and he let out an awful yelp.
‘I screamed and ran to help him.
‘But another lurcher-type dog grabbed Jeffrey on his abdomen and was twisting him.
‘I threw myself to the ground and tried to get Jeffrey away but I couldn’t.
‘It was helpless.’
During the attack Carol was mauled on the arm by one of the dogs and was badly bruised.
She said: ‘I was desperately trying to save Jeffrey.
‘But then a third dog, a Shar-Pei, raced over and grabbed him too.
‘They were dragging him about – I thought he was dead.’
Jeffrey, pictured playing in a paddling pool, had surgery to treat some of his larger wounds
Carol claims all three dogs appeared to belong to a man on the beach who had two children with him.
She said: ‘I was screaming at him to get his dogs away.
‘But he just ignored me.
‘A group of teenagers heard my screams and rushed over to help.
‘Thankfully, a young girl managed to get Jeffrey and pull him off the dogs.
‘Me and Steph were frantic.
‘Luckily, Steph’s poodle Charlie had wandered down the beach during the commotion and the dogs didn’t try to hurt her.’
Carol says that Jeffrey was limp and covered in blood.
She said: ‘The dogs were circling him in my arms and I was terrified they’d pounce again.
‘But some bystanders who witnessed the attack called the police.
‘I think that scared the owner because he quickly left in his car but left the two lurcher-type dogs behind.’
Jeffrey, who was nine-years-old, died despite vets trying to resuscitate him three times
Carol and Steph raced Jeffrey to an emergency vets half-an-hour away.
She said: ‘Jeffrey was so limp in the car and I thought there was no way he’d survive.
‘He was barely breathing.
‘He was covered in wounds and I had my hand on his neck trying to stem the bleeding.’
At a vet’s clinic in Liverpool, Jeffrey was sedated and given pain relief.
Carol says: ‘I was told straight away that he may need to be put down.
‘I was devastated.
‘But I told them to do whatever they could to save him.
‘As soon as Jeffrey was stable, I drove him 50 minutes to our usual vets in North Wales.
‘I knew he’d be more comfortable there as he knows the staff.
‘He was then given antibiotics and more pain relief.
‘When his vet who has known him for years saw him the next morning, she burst into tears.’
On Wednesday, Jeffrey was given an x-ray and had some of his wounds stitched up in theatre.
Carol says: ‘Some of his wounds were four inches long.
‘We learnt he had two broken ribs, a broken hind leg and bruising on his lungs.
‘Some of his larger wounds were left so as not to sew in the infection.
‘He had them stitched in theatre on Friday, three days after the attack.
‘But vets warned me that the flesh surrounding his wounds was necrotic meaning that it was rotting away.’
Merseyside police are aware of the incident and confirmed they were speaking to the owner of the lurchers and Shar Pei. Pictured Jeffrey on a beach
Jeffrey died despite vets trying to resuscitate him three times.
Carol had no pet insurance for Jeffrey and was left with £2,300 bill for Jeffrey’s treatment.
But she quickly found the funds after a friend set up a GoFundMe page which has raised more than £8,000 so far.
Carol said: ‘We’ve raised over £8,000 so far and I want to help others in the same position with any money that’s left over.’
Carol had Jeffrey since his was seven months old and says she can’t imagine life without him.
She said: ‘He was such a lovely dog and everyone who met him fell in love with him.
‘I will miss him terribly. I’m gutted that a simple walk on the beach led to this.
‘I want more people to be aware of the dangers of their dogs.
‘If you think your dog may be aggressive, then it’s your responsibility to keep them on the lead.’
Merseyside police are aware of the incident and confirmed they were speaking to the owner of the lurchers and Shar Pei.
Dog owners have rallied round to support Carol and are making posts in tribute to Jeffrey on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #JusticeforJeffrey.
If you have information about the incident call police on 101.
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