A Bessbrook family has been left traumatised after their pet was allegedly mauled by a Staffordshire terrier type dog.
The incident was reported to have happened in the area of Fr Cullen Park.
And one local councillor alleged it was not the first incident.
Councillor Declan Murphy said: “I share the outrage of the community at this vile act.
“A local man was walking his small family pet dog when it was attacked and seriously injured by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
“The distressed owner of the smaller family pet states that the owners of the bull terrier deliberately allowed their dog to attack his much smaller dog.
“The badly injured dog was taken to the vet and at present the prognosis is rather bleak and the poor animal may have to be put to sleep.”
The Sinn Fein representative alleged it was the second such attack within days.
Describing it as “traumatic”, he added: “There appears to be a small element within that area who have a wanton disregard for the health and safety of their neighbours and their pets.
“They must be challenged and I intend ensuring that all relevant agencies do their utmost to do just that.
“I, like all those I have talked to about this incident wish to get this animal off the streets before it maims again and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with the council’s dog warden or the police.”