Nottingham

'Heartbreak' after dachshund attacked by four American bulldogs

Larry the dog Image copyright Larry's family
Image caption Larry, a one-year-old Dachshund, was "best friends" with a three-year-old girl

A family are "heartbroken" after their dachshund died in an apparent attack by four American bulldogs.

The dog's owner and her young daughter - who was the dog's "best friend" - had to jump in a lake to escape.

The mother and daughter suffered minor injuries but their one-year-old dog Larry died at the scene.

Nottinghamshire Police seized four dogs and is investigating the attack at Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone, on Wednesday morning.

Larry's family said in a statement: "We are heartbroken over what has happened.

"Larry was loved and cherished by all who met him, especially our three-year-old daughter who referred to him as her best friend."

Image caption The mother and daughter had to enter a lake at Vicar Water Country Park to escape the dogs

Police were called to the park at about 11:00 BST on Wednesday and the 23-year-old mother was taken to hospital.

The four dogs were seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act, and police said they would be "kept in a safe and secure environment whilst the investigation is conducted".

If the dogs are considered to be dangerous, an order for their destruction could be made. The dogs' owner or owners could also be prosecuted.

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Image caption Police said four American bulldogs have been seized

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