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Keighley family are overwhelmed by kindness after dog attack
A dad whose beloved pet dog was ripped apart in a park has been “overwhelmed” by the support his family has received since the tragedy.
Lucinda McGrath, 16, saw two dogs tearing apart the family’s 11-year-old English springer spaniel Ted in Lund Park, Keighley , and her dad James had to have the beloved pet put down.
To make matters worse, the teenager – who is undergoing therapy for the trauma – lost her MP3 player as she came to the aid of her dying dog.
It was later picked up by a group of Asian youths who “stood and watched” the savaging, Mr McGrath believes.
Now Mr McGrath of Mannville Crescent, Keighley, says he has been “blown away” by the generosity of strangers after the family’s ordeal appeared in the Telegraph & Argus.
John Khan, a DJ from Eccleshill , Bradford, has given Lucinda an iPod Nano to replace the one she believes was stolen, a Goclever tablet and the family £300 in cash he collected from his friends and family.
Keighley taxi driver Nasar Mahmood also called at the family home with a bunch of flowers and asked his friends in Keighley’s Asian community whether they knew if anyone had taken Lucinda’s iPod, which was a birthday present.
When the search failed, he offered to buy her an iPod and after Mr McGrath told him of Mr Khan’s offer, he gave the family £150 instead.
Keighley man Darren Myers bought the family tickets to Alton Towers theme park and another well-wisher, Simon Dentith, presented the family with a photograph of Ted screen- printed on to a cushion. Other friends and family have offered support.
Lucinda said yesterday: “I’m speechless at how generous people have been and how they have come forward to help after this happened.”
Mr McGrath, 47, said: “After the attack, I hated everybody in the world but, when complete and utter strangers go out of their way to give their support, it just goes to show how many decent people there are around.”
The dogs which carried out the attack on Ted on Sunday, July 29, were seized by police and were in their care yesterday.
Their owner has been summonsed to court in connection with dangerous dog offences.