A "beloved" pooch was put down after it was attacked by another dog that also injured a woman in Purwell Lane, Hitchin.

The incident occurred at about 10pm on Friday, October 25 when the victim was walking her Tibetan terrier.

It was reported that a woman in her 40s was walking her pet when another dog ran over and began to attack it.

As she tried to intervene, she was bitten on her finger and sustained bruising to her eye.

PC Manuela Ungureanu, investigating, said: “Understandably the victim is distraught at the sad loss of her beloved dog.

“Our enquiries are continuing at this time to trace the owner of the second dog and we are asking anyone who thinks they may be able to assist us to please come forward."

A tall, slim white man came over and took the offending dog - described as a large breed with dark fur - before running off.

The victim’s dog sustained major injuries and sadly had to be put to sleep.

PC Ungureanu added: “Have you seen anyone in the area matching the same description? Do you recall seeing them in the area on the night of the incident? Any information at all could greatly assist our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to email manuela.ungureanu@herts.police.uk.

You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/report, or by calling 101, quoting reference 41/87114/22.

Anonymous information can be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.