Dog killed in park attack is hailed ‘a hero’

Luna the Jackhuahua, who was attacked and killed by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead
Luna the Jackhuahua, who was attacked and killed by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead

A pint-sized canine who died protecting one of her own has been hailed ‘a hero’ by her devastated owners.

Luna, a three-year-old Jackhuahua, was attacked and killed by what is believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, being walked by a young girl, in the park off Shenley Road in Woodhall Farm.

The tiny pooch was being walked with a Poodle cross and a King Charles cavalier cross when the incident happened at around midday on Saturday, May 14.

Her owners, who wished to remain anonymous, said the tiny Jack Russell and chihuahua cross had ‘the heart of a lion’ and the house is ‘so quiet without her’.

The owner’s fiance said: “The dog gunned for the poodle first and Luna stood in front of her, but then it went straight for the jugular and outright killed her.

“That dog had the heart of a lion. She was the smallest animal in the house but she was the loudest.

“She used to play-fight with the cat – they used to box each other!”

But the plasterer, who lives in Adeyfield, insisted that the family did not blame the 
attacking dog – or the young girl – for the tragedy.

He said: “There’s no hatred towards the dog and no one blames the girl, because it wasn’t her fault.

“I don’t want this to give Staffies a worse name. I had one called Roxy for 16 years and she was a total softie, but they are powerful dogs.

“They could pull a grown man over if they wanted to.”

Police are investigating the incident of a case of a dog being dangerously out of control, and officers are collecting witness statements.

It is believed a video of the incident was recorded, and Luna’s owners are urging the person who has it to contact the police.

They said: “We’re not angry – if anything you are a massive help, so please call the police straight away if you have that video.”

Anyone with any information that could assist officers should call 101, quoting crime reference D1/16/3444.