A GANG of callous youths stabbed this defenceless dog three times in the stomach after demanding its owner hand over her jewellery.
The owner of one-year-old Miley was walking her three dogs in Chandos Recreation Ground, Edgware, in broad daylight, when the gang of 10 said they would 'slit her dogs throat' if she didn't cooperate.
Petrified she handed over her wedding and engagement rings before they snatched a locket from around her neck - which had a picture of her son who sadly died aged just four months old.
The robbery, which took place on Wednesday last week, coincided with the anniversary of his death.
The dog owner, whose birthday it was just two days later, said: “I always walk my three dogs through the park at the same time each day and I never thought anything like this would ever happen to me or anyone else.
“I let my dogs off their leads because they are extremely well behaved and very friendly.
“But when I turned around I saw that this group of kids had picked up Miley.
“They shouted at me that they would slit her throat. Those words will haunt me forever.
“I was so scared because these dogs are part of the family. Me, my husband and my three children would do anything for these dogs. I wish I could have taken the injuries for Miley because my dogs mean everything to me.
“And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse they took the locket from my neck, which is probably the most precious thing I have in the world.
“The pain that comes with the death of a child never goes away and that locket was my reminder of him.”
When she realised that blood was pouring from Miley she rushed her to a vets where she had to pay £500 for emergency surgery.
She added: “Although we were always going to do what we could to pay for her surgery, we have recently celebrated my daughters 21st birthday and my sons wedding so we had to beg, borrow and grovel for the cash.
“I just feel like these kids have not only got away with hurting my dog and stealing some of my most precious jewellery, but left us footing a bill we should never of had to pay.
“It has had such a devastating impact on all of us. I can't bring myself to walk through that park again and am scared to leave the house. Miley is totally subdued and I'm not sure she'll ever be the same fun-loving, friendly dog that she always has been.
“I just can't believe anyone would do this. I wouldn't wish this on any animal lover.”
Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen the attack, which occurred near the back entrance of the park at around 12.45pm on Wednesday afternoon (April 14).
Anyone with information should call Harrow Police on 0300 123 1212 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555.