A heartbroken family have spoken of their devastation after their beloved dog was thrown from a balcony in a horrifying attack.
Cristian Dutu said the incident began after nearly 40 people gathered on the street below his flat in Toxteth, Liverpool, and started drinking on Saturday.
As the day progressed, he said the crowd started to get rowdier and began throwing bottles at parked cars on the street.
At this point Cristian’s mother Mihaela went down to speak to the boisterous group to tell them not to throw bottles and then things escalated.
Cristian Dutu, 27, said his bulldog Hindo (pictured) died after an attack on Saturday in Liverpool. Revellers climbed onto his terrace and threw the pet onto the street before beating it with a stick
Cristian, 27, said: ‘We have a terrace by our flat, where my dog often sits outside.
‘After my mum went down to the group to tell them to calm down it went crazy.
‘People on the street started to climb the fence to get onto our balcony, armed with broken bottles and knives.
‘There were 10 to 15 people on the terrace and me and my mum were slashed with the broken bottles.’
Cristian said the attackers then grabbed their dog Hindo.
‘We’ve had him since he was a puppy and because he was trying to protect my mum they grabbed him by the legs and threw him from the terrace onto the street.’
Hindo, an American Bulldog cross, survived the fall but Cristian said the people on the street below then began to hit him with sticks.
Cristian continued: ‘I ran down to the street and tried to get them off my dog.
Hindo, an American Bulldog cross, survived the fall but Cristian (pictured with Hindo) said the people on the street below then began to hit him with sticks
‘I got him away, but by the time we got him to the vets it was too late and he passed away, it was awful.’
Cristian and his mother were taken to hospital where they were treated for minor wounds and scratches, but were otherwise unharmed from the attack.
Cristian said: ‘Hindo was seven years old and well known in the neighbourhood.
‘He was such a sweet dog, he couldn’t go to sleep without having his blanket over him, he was a softie. I can’t believe this has happened.’
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: ‘An investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of the disturbance and it is still in the very early stages.
‘Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police.’