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Police search for dog that mauled poodle to death

Police are trying to identify a man whose dog killed a poodle in Bristol.

A couple were walking their two dogs in Malago Park in Bedminster Down at around 11.30pm on Saturday night (22 July).

As they were walking in the direction of St Peters Rise, a man on a mobility scooter, with two dogs not on leads, approached them. The larger of these dogs attacked the couple’s poodle and killed it.

Credit: Yui Mok / PA

The man drove away, leaving the park via the exit with Headley Lane and Hartcliffe Way. He was seen to go up Hartcliffe Way and then turn left into Novers Lane.

The man is described as white, in his 50s or 60s, around 5ft 8ins, heavily built with receding lightly coloured hair. He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a dirty looking hat. His mobility scooter had a light hood. It is believed the man was intoxicated.

The attacking dog is described as a very large American Bulldog, mainly white with brown patches.

The other dog was a much smaller Jack Russell, also white with brown patches.

PC Thomas Thompson who is investigating the incident said the attack was “vicious and unprovoked".

“Whilst it is horrific enough for a couple’s pet to be killed in this way, had it been a child, the consequences don’t bear thinking about."

– PC Thompson

Police are confident that someone locally will recognise the description of the man and his dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Thompson at Broadbury Road Police Station on 101 or via the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website, quoting reference number 5217168176

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask for your name or trace your call.