A woman whose dog was sadly killed by another canine in Amersham in January has thanked the community which rallied around to raise money for her after she was injured in the attack.

A police investigation was launched after the woman’s pooch was mauled to death in London Road, near the Jaguar garage, on January 18.

She was also injured in the process.

Following the shocking attack, a JustGiving page was set up in the hope of raising £300 to give to the heartbroken pet owner – and kind residents donated in their droves, smashing the target and raising £400.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, wrote in a social media post through her son: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Amersham community.

“I have received overwhelming, kind and thoughtful support from so many people; friends, acquaintances and strangers like, who have been touched by the traumatising and heart breaking death of our wonderful sheltie pup, Alb-E (22 months) and the injuries to myself.

“You have all been inspiring and have helped me tremendously after I was deeply affected emotionally.

“Thank you for your compassion, cards, flowers, offers of walking support, crowd funding and so much more, I feel humbled.

“I have used the funding toward a sheltie companion for Penny, our other pup (then 10 months). I figured that this would be the best therapy and healing for me, for her and my family.

“We have our new pup now – she is Alb-E’s half sister, which is a wonderful connection. She and Penny are best buddies already; we are seeing Penny recovering from the trauma.

“Lastly, I would like to say a big sorry to staffie fans. In the turmoil I did not realise that the attack was actually made by two pit bull types.

“The staffies I frequently meet while out walk have been gentle and often soppy. I agree with the comments, about staffies and other dog owners, in general.

“The two pups and I get out walking every day, so, if anybody sees me out and about please stop and say hello.

“Thank you again, wonderful people in and around Amersham.”