Chihuahua owner is horrified when her beloved puppy is pecked to death by a gang of angry SEAGULLS
- Nikki Wayne, 57, never allowed five-month-old Bella outside unsupervised
- She had spotted seagulls trying to dive for her dog on previous occasions
- But while she was in the shower she forgot she had left a door slightly ajar
- Bella nudged it open and escaped but was swooped on and killed by birds
A dog owner was horrified to find her beloved chihuahua was pecked to death by a gang of angry seagulls.
Nikki Wayne, 57, had previously spotted the birds diving for five-month-old Bella and never let her pet play unsupervised outside her home in Honiton, Devon.
But the tiny dog managed to sneak out when the mother-of-five was in the shower after she left the back door slightly ajar.
Five-month-old Bella was killed after she managed to get into the back garden and was attacked by seagulls
The seagulls then swooped on Bella and killed her before she could make it back inside the house.
Ms Wayne, who moved to Devon from Canada a year ago, described Bella as a 'really playful puppy' who would always want to roam around the garden.
She said she first noticed the seagulls perched on the roof, peering into the garden at the tiny dog and decided to seek advice.
'I called my vets and they said I should make sure I go out with her every moment she went outside in my back yard,' she said.
In an effort to protect her pet, Ms Wayne would accompany her outside, and was surprised by the brazen nature of the gulls.
She said: 'I got really worried about it. They started to swoop down to my face level, brushing me.'
Owner Nikki Wayne said she had spotted seagulls peering into her garden and diving for her dog before (file photo)
She had accidentally left a door slightly ajar at her home (pictured) and her pet was able to get out while she was in the shower
After that Bella was not allowed outside without an escort and the door was kept shut but a fortnight ago she made the fateful mistake of leaving it slightly ajar and the dog managed to nudge it open.
Ms Wayne says she will never forget the incident, and has now issued warnings to other residents to remain vigilant to prevent another attack.
An RSPCA spokesman said: 'This sound like an extremely upsetting incident and our thoughts are, of course, with the dog's owner.
'Incidents like this are extremely uncommon though, and we do not want dog owners to panic.'
HOW BRITAIN'S SEAGULL MENACE REPEATEDLY HITS THE HEADLINES
Seagull attacks on animals and humans alike are not uncommon in Britain and the birds have hit the headlines repeatedly in recent months.
In April, MailOnline reported how concerned mourners launched an appear to find grave vandals after toys were taken from their children's plots in Paignton, Devon, and torn apart - only to find out that seagulls had caused the damage.
In October last year, a 'killer seagull' was spotted dragging pigeons into Hyde Park's Serpentine lake and drowning them before eating the bodies.
Visitors to the central London park say the hungry bird has taken to grabbing the pigeons by the neck before pulling them into the water.
Hunter: A 'killer seagull' was spotted grabbing pigeons by the neck, dragging them into Hyde Park's Serpentine lake and drowning them before eating the bodies
Months earlier in Plymouth, Devon, the city council launched a campaign against seagull attacks by targeting 'known feeders' of the birds.
Residents in Islington, London, complained after dive-bombing seagulls had turned their streets into 'something out of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds'.
A study last year found that seagulls were the most loathed birds in the country with 95 per cent of the country 'detesting' them and many view them as the 'thugs' of the bird world.
Earlier this year, David Cameron backed a Government review into Britain's seagull menace after a bird once stole the ham from his sandwich.
The Prime Minister insisted he had nothing against 'the entire seagull population', despite committing £250,000 in the Budget to tackling the scourge of Britain's seaside towns.
An 'urban seagull' research fund will be used to find a solution for the noise, mess, disease and aggression caused by the birds.
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