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SLEDGE DOG SAVAGES FAMILY PET.

Byline: Lynn McPherson

A family's beloved pet greyhound was almost killed when it was mauled by an Alaskan sledge dog.

Gordon and Margaret Wylie's dog Murphy was attacked in the street by neighbour Diane McGlynn's malamute Alaska.

Police are probing the incident in Knightswood, Glasgow, last Sunday.

Murphy, an 11-year-old rescue dog, had flesh ripped from his haunch.

His owners Margaret and Gordon, both 68, face a vet's bill of thousands of pounds.

The couple were at a family celebration in Arrochar when they heard what happened.

Margaret said: "It's bad enough it was Murphy but the dog could easily have gone for a child.

"As they walked him past the garden he started barking and behaving aggressively. He came running out and just went for Murphy.

"He is an old dog and very docile and gentle and it's heartbreaking for us that he went through this."

Gordon said: "The damage to Murphy is unbelievable. When the dog ran towards them they didn't know who it would go for.

"The attack only stopped when a lady came out of the house and called him off."

McGlynn said: "I want to offer my sincere apologies to the owners." She said she had had Alaska put down, adding: "I'm destroyed. But it was the safest thing."

Police said: "Inquiries are continuing into this incident as to whether there has been a contravention of the Dangerous Dogs Act."

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Date:Apr 21, 2013
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