The owner of two Chihuahhas killed in The Walks earlier this month has thanked the public for their support since the ordeal.
Jean Tuck, who took ownership of two new dogs on Thursday, said the help and support from family and friends since the attack had been overwhelming.
Mrs Tuck, a retired college lecturer and former magistrate, said: “We’ve had dozens and dozens of cards and flowers and some have been from people who I don’t even know.
“There have also been letters from people who had seen me walking the dogs in The Walks.
“All of the support has made it a lot easier. If it hadn’t been for all the kindness of family and the public then I don’t know how we would have coped.”
Mrs Tuck admitted that her husband Jim and herself can now look forward to Christmas.
“I couldn’t even think about Christmas after what happened, but after the new dogs arrived on Thursday I started to put all of my cards up,” she said.
“We’ve always had dogs in the family. During the war my grandmother had a dog and I’ve had them ever since.
“I couldn’t even contemplate life without a dog.”
The dogs were purchased from Churchchis Kennels, based at Runcton Holme.
Both smooth-haired Chihuahaus, the newly-named Podge is three, while Phoebe is 18 months.
Mrs Anne Bennett, who bred the puppies at the kennels, said: “The couple’s daughter Susan contacted me and told me about what had happened.
“Although the dogs weren’t for sale, it was a case of wanting to help them out and to put a smile back on their faces.
“I had to take into consideration the character and the nature of the dogs. They had to be right for the couple.”
After introducing Podge and Phoebe to their new surroundings, Mrs Tuck said: “I won’t take them out for a while because they are still a bit young.
“I took them straight to the vets on Thursday to get them checked over.
“They’ve both settled in really well and Podge loves to sit there and watch the television.
“Jim is as daft with the dogs as I am.”
Mrs Tuck had to watch in horror as her two Chihuahas, who she had adopted from a rescue charity six years ago, were killed by a pack of loose Staffordshire Bull Terriers in The Walks.
“I still have flashbacks from the day, not so much of the attack but more of the man,” said Mrs Tuck.
Two people – a man and a woman, both in their 40s – have been bailed until January 15 pending further inquiries.