Chihuahua mauled to death by Staffie who leapt out of car and ‘ripped him apart’


A distraught dog owner who witnessed her chihuahua being “ripped to pieces” by a Staffie was left so shaken by the carnage that she had a seizure while waiting to know whether he’d survive.

Gail Grubb, 46, said she “doesn’t know whether I will ever recover” from the fatal attack on her seven-year-old pooch Chicco in Edinburgh.

The mum-of-three said her heartbroken family was forced to cremate “loving” Chicco on what would’ve been his eighth birthday following the attack on July 6.

Recollecting how it all unravelled, she said she was walking the poor dog when a woman driving past asked if she knew the owner of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier which had jumped into her car.

Mum-of-three Gail, who was also walking Jackawawa Chancer, aged six, offered to help find the owner and shouted after him when she saw him on the street.

But when the owner saw his dog in the woman’s car he “aggressively’ threw open the door – and the “killer” Staffie jumped out and attacked little Chicco.

The horrified car owner tried to perform CPR but the pooch had been “ripped apart”.

Terrified Gail wrapped her beloved Chihuahua in a blanket and rushed him to the vet, but Chicco couldn’t be saved.

While waiting on news from the vet Gail suffered epileptic fit and woke up in the back of ambulance before finding out Chicco had died.

Gail said she can’t escape the memory of her pooch being mauled and is now calling for tougher laws to give police more powers after fatal attacks on pets.

She said she doesn’t think she’ll recover from the horror attack and wants the Staffie put down so it can’t attack another dog or child.

Gail said: “The dog went straight for Chicco.

“I had both my dogs on the lead so had to try and pull them back. The Staffie was going for the kill. I can’t get that vision out of my head.

“Some people came to help. It felt like it went on forever. We wrapped Chicco in a blanket and took him to the vet.

“I remember sitting outside waiting on news when I started feeling unwell. Next thing I woke in an ambulance.

“I had suffered an epileptic fit. Paramedics said I was okay and I was allowed to go. I think it was the trauma of it.

“Chicco was such a loving dog. We had to cremate him on what would have been his eight birthday.

“I don’t know if I will ever recover. I am so angry. Many people saw the attack and I know they are distressed.

“My other dog is suffering too, he’s lost his companion. Now I’m scared to walk my other dog around the area.

“We know this Staffie has attacked other dogs and cats.

“Would it take a bite to a child before action is taken? It’s just wrong.”

Anne Purves, 51, who witnessed the attack and tried to resuscitate Chicco, backed Gail’s calls for tougher laws.

She said: “The Staffie had run in front of my car and when I opened the door it jumped in.

“Mrs Grubb helped me find the owner. He aggressively opened the door and it jumped out and started ripping the poor wee dog open.

“When it finally let go the wee one was lifeless. I tried to give it CPR.

“I was shaken up. I found out later that night it had died.

“This dog has attacked others, so why is something not being done to stop it?

“It’s time for a change in the law.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report of a dog attacking another dog on Tuesday, 6 July, 2021 at around 1pm in Hyvot Gardens in Edinburgh.

“One of the dogs died as a result. The matter was passed to the local authority dog warden.

“Suitable advice was provided and both parties were updated.”