A DOG has died after sustaining fatal injuries at Ventnor Illuminated Carnival — after it was reportedly attacked by another dog.

Pet owner Linda Cato released a statement about the death of Zappy and said she was devastated.

She said: "Shortly before the start of Ventnor Carnival at 9.20pm on Saturday, August 17, while walking home, my dog was suddenly attacked by a dog belonging to an onlooker.

"Despite the best efforts of a vet he could not be saved. The incident happened between Hurst and Stripped.

"The owner, who left the scene, was a tall male wearing a pale blue shirt.

"The dog was very large, measuring to the thigh of his owner and is of a husky type breed with brown and black flecked fur.

"The owner may probably never be found however I implore dog owners to think carefully about taking their dogs to loud or disconcerting events or indeed to be responsible enough to muzzle pets who may be knowingly unpredictable in temperament.

"Tragic and traumatic events like this are only the fault of irresponsible ownership. This so easily may have been a child.

"Despite being about to pick my dog up out of my increasingly closing pathway, a split second couldn't prevent the heartbreak I currently endure, knowing my beloved companion was taken in such a fast, cruel and violent way.

"Heartfelt thanks to the mobile vet, the staff at Stripped, the kindness of three strangers and all those who have sent warm wishes and condolences."


An IW Police spokesperson confirmed: "We are currently investigating after a dog was attacked by another dog on the High Street, Ventnor, at some time between 9.15pm and 9.30pm on Saturday, August 17.

"The dog, a Schnauzer, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the attack.

"Officers have not yet identified the other dog involved, or it's owner.  The other dog is described as a large husky type dog.

"Anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone who thinks they have any information that could assist, is urged to call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44190294059."