Brookmans Park grandad dies after seeing beloved pet mauled by pit bull terrier

PUBLISHED: 13:24 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

Michael Harrington with wife Sally

Michael Harrington with wife Sally

A GREYHOUND trainer collapsed and died moments after seeing his beloved pet mauled to within inches of his life. Michael Harrington made an anxious 999 call after his five-year-old dog Danny was savagely attacked by a pit bull terrier. As the grandad-of-s

A GREYHOUND trainer collapsed and died moments after seeing his beloved pet mauled to within inches of his life.

Michael Harrington made an anxious 999 call after his five-year-old dog Danny was savagely attacked by a pit bull terrier.

As the grandad-of-six went to raise the alarm, he fell to the ground just yards from his home on Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park.

It is believed he suffered a heart attack.

Michael, a retired butcher, was found with his other dog Big Ben stood by his side.

His family believe the shock of the attack killed him.

Daughter Wendy said everyone in the community knew the 66-year-old and neighbours would greet him as he took the dogs for a walk twice a day.

She said: "He must have been so shocked. It has killed him."

Wife Sally, who would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in September, added: "I have lost my other half, I've known him since I was 13.

"He was always taking the mickey out of me.

"The attack brought this on without a doubt. He should have had longer."

Danny, who was still wearing his muzzle, was later found by neighbours with a large bite and was taken to the Royal Veterinary College in the village, for an emergency operation and is now in intensive care.

The Harrington family are now appealing for witnesses and information about dangerous dogs in the area, and have put up posters throughout the village.

The incident took place near Gobions Park last Wednesday at around 8pm. Anyone with information should email kelly-ann.kiernan@whtimes.co.uk

Michael's funeral will take place next Wednesday. For details contact Co-op funeral directors in Potters Bar.

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