A DOG savaged in a street attack has died of his injuries.
Miniature schnauzer Toby needed surgery after he was set upon by a Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Gowland Square, in Murton, as he was walked with his owner Isabel Neasham.
She too was mauled as she tried to protect her six-year-old dog, who she had owned since he was six weeks old.
Toby was recovering at home when he took a turn for the worse. He was taken back to the vet where it was discovered he was suffering from internal injuries.
Staff tried to save Toby but he had to be put to sleep because of his injuries.
Isabel, 68, said: “I just want my dog back.
“I knew he was very poorly and when I got a phone call from the vets, I knew what she was going to say.
“I was so distraught.”
Isabel, who is a carer for her husband Alan, 69, plans to scatter Toby’s ashes in their garden.
The family are now left with a vet’s bill running into hundreds of pounds.
Her own injuries, which include wounds to three fingers, are continuing to heal, but she had to have her wedding ring, which she has worn for 48 years, cut off.
She added: “The support I have had has been amazing.”
Police say inquiries are continuing into the attack, which happened at about 9am on Friday, January 3.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.