SINGAPORE - It was to have been a happy event for dog enthusiasts, but things turned awry when a 40kg Rottweiler snapped at a 4.3kg Silky Terrier, killing it almost instantly.
The incident happened on Sunday(21 Aug 11) at the annual national dog walk at East Coast Park.
According to The Straits Times, the four-year-old Rottweiler, owned by plastic surgeon Dr J.J. Chua had been unmuzzled to drink some water on a very hot day. At the same time, the owner of the smaller dog, Ms Joreen Yeo, had let her own dog off leash as they were about to take part in a ball-throwing event that happened at 1pm.
But the owners have different versions of what happened, and are blaming each other for the smaller dog's death.
Dr Chua claimed that the three-year-old terrier had charged at him and bit him on his inner right arm as he was sitting on a stool holding on to his dog, Popeye, which was leashed. His own dog then bit the terrier, Honey, which Dr Chua said 'is his natural instinct'.
Ms Yeo, however, is certain that her dog would not bite anyone. She also wants to know why the Rottweiler was unmuzzled in a crowded place.
Ms Yeo carried her dog to the veterinarian on duty, but was told it had died.
Dr Chua then rushed her and the terrier to Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic in East Coast Road, but it was futile.
The event, which had Foreign and Law Minister K. Shanmugam as guest of honour, carried on as planned.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it is investigating the case.