A CHERISHED dog has become a shocking knife crime statistic after being stabbed on the street during a walk with its owner.
RSPCA inspectors have launched an investigation after the horrified owner rushed the dog to one of the charity’s London hospitals but the pet died before being seen by vets.
The owner was walking with the dog named Chaos along an alleyway on the Havelock Estate in Southall, West London, last Thursday afternoon when the incident happened.
The charity said today: “The owner flagged down a passing member of the public, who kindly rushed him and Chaos to the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital, but very sadly the dog died in transit.”
Chaos was eight years old and had a tan coat with a black muzzle.
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Broster, who is leading the investigation, said: “This sounds like a very disturbing incident and a completely senseless attack on a defenceless animal and we are extremely concerned.”
Although knife crime has witnessed a 16 per cent rise over the past two years in the capital, with more than 3,870 victims over the period, innocent animals are rarely targeted.