A witness to the aftermath of the incident has told how a woman was reportedly walking her two dogs in Tivoli Park, on Tivoli Road, in West Norwood, yesterday morning (Thursday) when she noticed two other dogs nearby.
After the woman walked into the play area in the park the two other dogs are alleged to have jumped over a fence and attacked one of her dogs - which died from his injuries.
Maggie Morrissey was sitting in her garden, on Tivoli Road, at around 10am yesterday when she and her two sons heard "screaming" and "barking".
Ms Morrissey, along with her sons, went to see what the commotion was about.
She said: "A lady was walking her two dogs in the park and she noticed these two dogs, which were pit bull type dogs. She went into the children's section of the park and apparently this dog hopped over the fence into the play area and attacked this dog.
"We were sitting opposite the park in our garden and we could hear screaming, barking and growling so my two sons ran out. It was awful."
Ms Morrissey went on to say that the owner of the dog that died ran out of the play area in a bid to save her other dog – which she managed to do.
Passers-by are said to have thrown water over the two dogs in an attempt to get them off the motionless dog on the floor – but the damage was already done.
The owner is reported to have eventually been found by someone who witnessed the incident and is said to have taken the dogs away.
Ms Morrissey is a member of the Friends of Tivoli Park – a group of volunteers who work to improve and maintain the park which is just over the Croydon border, in Lambeth.
"I am a member of the Friends of Tivoli Park and we want people to use it," she said.
"We have put in a lot of time and effort to make sure the park is nice. We have a nice play area and have a new orchard.
"People are frightened to go into the park now and they are saying 'I am not taking my dogs there'. People aren't even taking their children now. I am shocked.
"The whole street was out and it was shocking to see. A dog mauling another dog – disgusting."
Although the alleged attack took place in a children's play area, there were no children in the park at the time.
Ms Morrissey said: "Dog attacks are an issue in the area. Not just in our park but in London as a whole. Yesterday there was a dog attacked in Brixton and it's a reoccurring thing because no one is doing anything about it.
"If it's a dangerous dog, it could be a poodle or a German Shepard, that dog needs to be taken away."
Yes, Maggie Morrissey. We have sooo many cases of killer poodles running around ripping kids' faces off and killing pets. Stop trying to be so politically-correct.
(Croydon Advertiser - April 29, 2017)