Belfast councilor attacks ‘out of control’ dog implicated in multiple attacks
Belfast City Council officials are investigating after a dog was attacked in West Belfast, which gave him a “50/50 chance of survival”.
On Tuesday morning, Melissa McCabe’s miniature pet Jack Russell Bella was in their backyard when they said they heard “screams”.
Running past their house in the Moyard neighborhood, Melissa’s partner was greeted with a “nightmare” scene as little Bella was dragged across the path and attacked by another dog.
Bella underwent major surgery after the ordeal.
Melissa told Belfast Live: “Tuesday morning at 8.50am my partner let Bella out to the bathroom in the garden with the door locked and strapped and he heard her scream and run away as a half pit bull and Half Akita was holding it in his mouth He walked through our door and there are CCTV footage of what is happening.
“Bella was rushed to the vet. This is the fourth dog this has happened in our area. He also attacked my partner, but the manager can’t take him unless the owner abandons him. Bella had to undergo major surgery and had to get a rib removed with hundreds of stitches and only have a 50/50 chance of surviving.
“It has been a complete nightmare for us because she is like our baby, my son was just in the garden right before this happened, the kids in our area can’t even go out and play because everyone is petrified by this dog. She is literally prey on my little dog while she was in her own backyard. “
Sinn Féin advisor Michael Donnelly says it is “absolutely insane” that the dog cannot be lifted unless it is voluntarily abandoned.
Cllr Donnelly shared her fears that “if it was a young child we would be talking about a tragic death”.
He added: “A dog was savagely attacked in Moyard today by another dog. I saw the video and it was absolutely horrible. God help the poor dog, I hope he will be okay. .
“The dog in question has been out of control in the area for several years now and has attacked other dogs in the past. I have tried everything to date to get this dog removed from the streets as my concerns and concerns community is that if it were a young child today, we would be talking about a tragic death.
“I have dealt with municipal dog sitters and other agencies throughout the day who told me they cannot lift the dog unless the owner voluntarily abandons it. C is absolutely crazy!
“I will continue to pursue this in the morning because it cannot continue.”
A spokesperson for Belfast City Council said: “Our dog sitters are currently investigating the case and we cannot comment further while the investigation is ongoing.”
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