Family ferret killed by dog at country fair

Frank O'Neill with "Nebular" the Ferrets empty cage after she was attacked and killed. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.
Frank O'Neill with "Nebular" the Ferrets empty cage after she was attacked and killed. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

A man and his teenage daughter were left horrified following the death of their pet ferret after it was attacked by a dog at a country show.

Frank O’Neill, of Laurel Park, Loftus, was devastated after Nebula died from a broken neck inflicted by a greyhound at Driffield Country Fair.

He was walking with daughter Alice (13) when they came across the Bridlington branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust.

He saw four people who all had a greyhound with them so he picked up Nebula who was on a lead and carried her until she was out of sight.

He said: “We carried on walking when we heard someone shout ‘oh my God’.

“One of the dogs was loose and before we could do anything, it had Nebula in its mouth and was shaking her about.”

Alice watched on in horror as he and other bystanders struggled to free Nebula from the animal’s mouth and claim the dog owners then hurled a barrage of abuse at him.

Mr O’Neill said: “The man was telling me it was my fault for having a ferret as a pet.

My daughter was in absolute hysterics, and a man turned around and told her to shut up because ‘it was her fault’. There was no apology. They put the blame on us.”

Mr O’Neill tried contacting the Bridlington branch on Facebook but was banned from its page. A spokesman for the fair confirmed the attack took place last month , but the greyhound trust distanced itself.

The trust’s spokespman said: “The greyhound was visiting the branch stand with its owner.

“It is not a greyhound in the care of the RGT and we are not legally liable for its actions, nor for the actions of its owner. We understand that the pet ferret has sadly passed away and our sympathies are with the family at this difficult time.”