Haydyn Bennett from Connah’s Quay was walking with his aunt Shelley Owens and her dog Coco in Wepre Park in the town when a Staffordshire Pit Bull terrier type dog approached them.
Fearing an attack, Mrs Owens picked up Coco - a cross between a chihuahua and a pug, known as a chug - but the other dog, which was a light tan color, lunged at them and grabbed Coco by the throat.
Haydyn - a pupil of Ysgol Caer Nant - stepped in to try to wrestle Coco away from the other dog, but he was unable to separate them and was comforted by a passing runner named Chloe Brown as the attack continued.
“It was scary when it came over and I was worried about getting hurt, but I stayed brave,” he said.
“Chloe was saying ‘don’t look’ and she kept hugging me.”
Mrs Owens, who is also from Connah’s Quay, said: “It was horrible. We were on our usual walk when this big Pit Bull-type dog started jumping up at me, trying to get to Coco.
“The dog got her around the throat and was just throwing her around. My nephew was trying to get the dog off her.
“A girl I later found out was called Chloe Brown grabbed Haydyn and hugged him and told him not to look [so he wouldn't see Coco being torn to pieces by the Pit Bull].
The man sat on his dog and pried its jaws open, leaving Coco lying still, said Mrs Owens.
“I thought I was going to have to carry her body home,” she said. “Then she just got up and ran off out of the gate to my mum’s house. She had blood all over her.”
Since the incident at about 6.30pm on Wednesday, Coco has been to the vet and had the deep wounds in her neck stitched up. She is expected to make a full recovery.
“Coco looks better but she looks sore,” said Haydyn.
Mrs Owens was full of praise for her “hero” nephew and Ms Brown.
“Haydyn and Chloe wouldn’t leave me and they did everything they could to try to help,” she said.
“They are just two of life’s amazing people. I’m really proud of him. When someone that age helps a little dog before their own self, it is amazing.”
Haydyn’s mum Gemma Medenica said: “He was emotional and very upset when he came home. He doesn’t like things like that but I am very proud of him.”
The family say the police have been informed of the incident.
(Daily Post - July 14, 2017)