A woman has hit out at owners who allowed her pet to be viciously mauled during a Christmas Day stroll.
Siobhan Cleary, 35, was with siblings Ciaran and Ash and her beloved Staffordshire Terrier Theo when the traumatic incident happened.
Three large dogs, believed to be Pitbulls, pounced on Theo and began to savage the defenceless animal.
The canines had to be kicked and punched by a crowd of people before letting the dog out of their grip.
The horrific attack left Theo fighting for his life and he underwent urgent veterinary treatment, Dublin Live reported .
She said: "Two men came running out after them I assume they were the owners and jumped on top of them trying to control them but it was impossible they were monsters and none of them had collars, leads or muzzles on.
"I started screaming get them off, they were going to kill him, I could just see him being torn apart under all of them.
"I started kicking them, punching them then I remember someone told me to stick your fingers up a dogs bum in a dog attack so I did it to the biggest one and he let go for a second and when he let go they all let go for a brief second.
"I kept screaming and eventually people started to help me kick them and we were all trying to pull them off which gave him a couple of seconds to get away."
The dogs then "turned on their owners" as they struggled to get them under control.
She said: "People were helping block them while we got away because they were determined to kill him [Theo]. I was absolutely terrified running to the car in case they caught us and killed him.
"It was honestly the most horrific and horrifying experience I have ever endured."
Siobhan has hit out at the "completely irresponsible and incapable owners", and demanded that they take the blame for their pets’ behaviour.
Thankfully, Theo is now recovering well after the incident.
She said: "I will never understand how on earth someone could think it was OK to let dogs of such mass strength loose on a busy beach on Christmas day full of people, especially kids and dogs, without any sort of protection for others.
"Not even a collar to grab them, an absolute disgrace. I do not blame the dogs I believe the owners are to blame."
Police have confirmed they are looking into the attack.
A spokesperson said: "Gardai in Clontarf are investigating an attack on a dog by 3 other dogs at approximately 3.50pm on the 25/12/18. Investigation ongoing."
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