Lapdog brutally attacked

Karen Lutz is devastated after her beloved lapdog was attacked and killed just before the holidays.

It was a solemn Christmas for the Kelowna resident and her boyfriend, Destry Koenig, without their pet, Buddy.

Koenig was out walking the Havanese-Shih-Tzu cross on Dec. 21, about 8 p.m., at the Burtch Road traffic circle in Kelowna.

She says a big, black and white husky cross "came out of nowhere and brutally attacked our little guy."

Lutz had owned the rescue dog for five years and had to have it put down because of its severe injuries.

"They just jumped out of the van and didn't see the other dog coming.... Before he knew it, the other dog had latched on to Buddy."

Lutz says the larger animal was off-leash and not muzzled. Koenig had to kick and pry the dog to free Buddy.

Lutz says the owner of the other dog, a male in his twenties or thirties, said simply: "I guess you should get him to a vet" and then left.

Koenig took their battered pet to the emergency clinic at Fairfield Animal Hospital, where X-rays showed it had a broken neck.

Lutz is concerned the larger dog may pose a danger to the public. "Next time, it could be another dog, or even a child," she said between sobs.

"My boyfriend cannot get the images out of his head of his faithful companion being destroyed. We are so heartbroken and angry."

To add insult to injury, Lutz was also saddled with a $700 vet bill.

The other dog owner left without exchanging any information, and "it all happened in a blur," she said.

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