A SHAKEN dog owner says it was "like a scene from a horror film" after her cocker spaniel was pounced on and mauled by two Staffordshire Terriers.
Valerie Gambier, of Claremont Gardens, has sent out a warning to other dog walkers after the attack on Remembrance Sunday in Gossmore Park.
Thames Valley Police have issued the owner of the offending animals with an adult restorative disposal - a form of caution or reprimand for low level crime.
However, due to the fact no people were involved and it was a dog on dog attack it is not considered a case of an animal dangerously out of control, police said.
The offending dogs did not have to be put down as a result of the order.
Eight year-old Oreo suffered damage to his oesophagus, windpipe, throat, jaw and mouth. The injuries meant he has been unable to eat by himself.
Mrs Gambier said: "It was a sunny Remembrance Day, I was with a friend taking my dog for a walk in the park, then out of the blue they suddenly appeared. They would have killed him.
"It was horror and bewilderment as to why this should be happening to a sweet natured elderly dog. "It was like a scene from a horror movie. They both pinned him down, the jaws were locked around his neck and the other one was trying to get his head."
She urged other dog walkers to be on their guard and said she hoped by coming forward similar attacks could be avoided.
Police said disposals such as that issued to the Staffordshire Terriers' owner were introduced to deal with offenders without bringing them into the Criminal Justice system and allow the victim to say what they would like to happen - often just acceptance of wrongdoing and an apology.
Mrs Gambier had paid £75 for vets bills by Wednesday but was expecting to pay more.