One dog has been killed and another severely injured at Lindrick Boarding Kennels after two Huskies escaped from their enclosure and attacked the two pets last week.
Both of the dogs which were attacked, a Jack Russell and a Collie cross Labrador, were immediately taken to Dinnington Surgery, but despite efforts, the Jack Russell, that was described as lifeless, was unable to be saved.
The other animal suffered severe puncture wounds, but is expected to recover.
The owners of all the dogs involved have been notified by Lindrick Kennels about the incident.
The attack, which happened last Friday night, has left the owners of the popular boarding kennels, as well as licensing officials, baffled.
The two Huskies, both of which are regular tenants at the kennel and have never caused a problem before, managed to escape an enclosure with two locks and a six-foot fence before making their way to another secure paddock where the other two dogs were housed.
The fracas was heard at around 6pm when a 65-year-old director doing her night rounds at the kennel intervened to stop the attack.
An inspection, which was led by Tony Lowe, Rotherham Council’s animal health inspector late on Monday, showed no faults with the facilities.
Rotherham Council were unable to comment any further on the incident.
Richard Parkinson, the co-owner of Lindrick Kennels, has said that an extra lock is going to be applied that can only be operated by humans to ensure that nothing of this nature happens in the future.
It was the first time in 14 years an attack like this has happened at the Worksop-based kennel.
“Nobody knows how the dogs escaped,” Mr Parkinson told the Guardian.
“We have never had an incident like it, it was just a freak accident and there is no explanation as to how it happened.”
“Everybody involved has been destroyed by these events. It is absolutely devastating.
“We are all dog lovers at this kennel, we don’t do this to make a living, we do it because we want to help and take care of local dogs.
“We are all in deep shock.”