A distraught Jean Tuck with pictures of her pets Phoebe and Podge. Picture: Tony Jones.

A traumatised pensioner has spoken of her heartache after her  two beloved dogs were mauled to death in front of her by a group of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Jean Tuck, 83, said she can’t face going out and has barely slept since the attack on Tuesday.

“I’m still frightened. One of the dogs had its teeth locked around one of my ankles. Had I not been wearing my thick socks I wouldn’t have stood a chance,” she said.

Mrs Tuck, of King’s Lynn, had been walking her two Chihuahua-type dogs, Phoebe and Podge, in Hospital Walk near the entrance of The Walks.

She had stopped to talk to a friend when four Staffordshire Bull Terriers, who were off their leads, hurtled towards her.

“I’ve had Staffies all my life, and still have an elderly one, so at first I didn’t think anything to it,” she said.

But much to her horror, her beloved pets were savaged in front of her, with Phoebe killed instantly.

A tearful Mrs Tuck said: “It was absolutely horrendous.  In all my years of having dogs I have never seen anything like it.”

Podge was left still breathing and a bystander rushed him to the London Road Veterinary Centre in Lynn.

However, despite best efforts to save him, he later died of his injuries and Mrs Tuck and her  husband Jim were left devastated.

Both the dogs were adopted by the couple around five years ago and they are believed to be around nine-years-old. Mr and Mrs Tuck also have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Despite her traumatic experience, the former college lecturer praised bystanders who came to her aid.

Mrs Tuck said: “The police were great.  Two officers buried Podge and Phoebe in my garden for me, they went above and beyond.

“I have seen such kindness when it happened A woman who rushed Podge to the vets, another woman put her arms around me and another got me a cup of tea,” she said.

“And when I went into the vets and they wouldn’t let me pay, they were so very kind.  I have had lots of flowers sent to me.”

Norfolk police have confirmed they have arrested two people in connection with the dog attack.

A man and a woman, both in their 40s, were taken to the Lynn investigation centre for questioning.

They were both bailed until Friday, January 15 pending further enquiries.

The four Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been placed in secure boarding kennels while the investigation continues.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident or have any further information.

Call Sergeant Trevor Smith at Lynn police station 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.