WHEN pensioner Penelope Perry took her beloved dog Jasper for his daily walk, she didn't foresee the horror that awaited around the corner.
Mrs Perry, of Ermin Park in Brockworth, left her home to go to the shops in Court Road – a journey she made most days with Jasper, a 15-year-old Jack Russell cross.
On her way home, two collarless Staffordshire bull terriers ran past in the opposite direction on the other side of Boverton Drive before circling back to launch a brutal attack on defenceless Jasper.
With no owner in sight, the two dogs, one brown and one white, bit Jasper by his ears and throat and tore at the rest of his body until he was dead.
"It was absolutely awful," said Mrs Perry, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
"I tried my best to help him and I was screaming for help but it was no use and there was no-one around. I tried hitting the dogs on the head with the lead I had but it did nothing. He didn't stand a chance."
It wasn't the first time Jasper, who Mrs Perry picked up from Cheltenham Animal Centre 13 years ago, had been attacked. Just before Christmas, a Rhodesian Ridgeback leapt from an open window in a nearby house and bit and scratched him, injuring him badly.
"It is irresponsible ownership and something needs to be done about these dogs," added Mrs Perry.
"If my grandchildren had been with me at the time, who knows what could have happened.
"The breeding of these dogs with violent tendencies should be stopped."
The attack was eventually halted after a group of young boys intervened and dragged the Staffies away. The dogs then ran off.
A police spokesman said: "Officers have spoken to the owner of the bull terriers, who has expressed remorse and is co-operating with the police investigation, and have ensured that the dogs are secured."
Police have confirmed an investigation is under way.
Any witnesses should call 101, quoting incident number 167 of August 21.