A dog owner whose pet Pomeranian was fatally bitten in a London park has described the panic she felt when she saw her beloved pet in the jaws of another dog. Munyi Pancoast, 29, wants the owner of the dog that she witnessed attacking hers to take responsibility for what happened and come forward.
Munyi decided to walk her three-year-old dog, Kairi, at Bridgehouse Meadows, New Cross in Lewisham, just after 5pm on Tuesday, February 8 having finished her second day at work in her new job. Munyi said: “Kairi is a soft potato. A loaf of bread. She barks at inanimate objects with a muffled bark that makes her sound like she’s in a box. She rolls over wanting tummy rubs, wagging her pig pig tail to everyone, even other dogs.”
As Munyi and Kairi were walking through the Meadows she spotted another dog walker, which was commonplace as the area was extremely popular for people walking their pets. “There were no gestures by the dog owner to pick up my dog or put her on the lead,” Munyi said. “So I just let Kairi off to run. She started running but the dog started chasing her and she started crying, which isn’t unusual when a small dog is being chased.”
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It quickly became clear it wasn’t simply fun and games when the larger dog bit Kairi hard on her back. Munyi said: “I didn’t think much of it until I saw the dog bite Kairi on the back and she began crying so I ran over. By that point the dog had grabbed Kairi by her leg. I am small, I don’t work out and there’s no way I can challenge this dog. We all know how strong these dog jaws are.
“Kairi just went still and the owner was bashing their dog on the head shouting, ‘Luna let go! Luna stop!’ I was telling her, ‘Your dog is killing my dog, tell her to let go.” During the melee Munyi was also bitten on the hand.
Eventually a limp Kairi was released however Munyi was terrified that the attacking dog, a pale coloured juvenile aged one or two, would break from its harness. Munyi believes the owner walks her dog in the local area after over-hearing a phone conversation and was also told by female owner that she got ‘Luna’ five days ago.
Kairi was rushed to an emergency vets in Camberwell for treatment and was advised to go to accident and emergency to get her hand cleaned where she subsequently discovered that the bite had caused a fracture. Munyi recalled: “At the vets when she was shaven you could see the jaw marks on her skin. It was the second bite that led to the internal injuries and ultimately her death.
“It seemed she was doing really well but her stomach was hard and it turned out there was the bacteria from the punctures, bruising and the internal damage. I was told that Kairi had sepsis. Her death was a direct result of the trauma.” After several trips back and forth between the vets and home Kairi sadly died around a week and a half after the attack.
Munyi said: “Her bright little smile. I miss it. I miss her. How can we stand by in a world that allows our babies to be killed and it isn’t anything ‘wrong’? Kairi should still be here. She would be enjoying the sun. She loved the sun. She was so lovely and happy. I always used to say she was small but mighty, filled with love. She had so much love in her tiny, fluffy body.”
Munyi shared details regarding the attack in a Facebook dog groups with some members recognising the name Luna and one person reporting seeing her at the park in January. Munyi understands ‘Luna’ was returned to the breeder and she believes that the dog who attacked Kairi could be an XL bully dog.
MyLondon contacted the Met Police regarding the attack and a spokesperson said: “Officers from the Met’s South East Basic Commands Unit are investigating an incident in which one dog is reported to have attacked another dog and bitten a woman on February 8 at Bridgehouse Meadows, New Cross. There has been no arrest and enquiries continue.”
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