A teenager is calling for a law change to hold the owner of two dogs accountable after they mauled her pup to death.
Emily Hempseed, 18, was left distraught when her one-year-old Maltese puppy Rudi was torn apart while out for a walk on Friday.
Rudi was walking with Emily’s younger brother Harry, 14, in East Calder, Scotland, when two muzzled greyhounds on leads broke free from their handler and jumped on the small puppy.
The family were told they were not allowed to see Rudi before his cremation due to the severe nature of his injuries.
Their grief reached new heights when they were told no legal action could be taken against the dogs’ owner as the victim was an animal and not a human.
Emily is pleading for the case to be reopened as she said the greyhounds are threatening to humans as well, and said that Harry was so traumatised from the incident he’s been having nightmares and hearing “puppy screams.”
Emily said: “I think someone needs to be held accountable for the taking of my dog’s life.
“I think there needs to be a change in the law. I don’t want to blame the dogs’ owner but there should be some accountability.
“Rudi was a loving dog and never hurt anyone, he came from a loving home. If a dog has the power to do that unprovoked, it could turn on anyone.
“We shouldn’t have to wait for those dogs to attack a human for justice to be served. We feel that we have been treated as the offender, not the victim.”
One police officer attended the scene of the indigent as Rudi’s remains were taken to the vet in a plastic bag, while three more officers have since visited the family’s home.
Emily continued: “We were told on Friday that the Procurator Fiscal said it would not be going forward as it was dog-on-dog.
“A lot of people in our community have dogs and they are scared.
“To think that my brothers should be able to go out in the neighbourhood with our dog, and bring him home, but he hasn’t been able to do that – it could have been a toddler in a fluffy jumper.
“Next time it could be a child – they need to prevent it now.”
Police Scotland have been approached for comment.