Police are hunting the owners of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier that savagely killed a small dog in broad daylight.

The little Jack Russell was attacked and mauled to death by the out-of-control animal, on Frodsham Marshes yesterday evening (Saturday, June 14).

The dog's devastated owner shouted out to two young men, who are thought to be the owners of the Staffordshire Bull, but they ran from the scene.

The pet died at the scene, close to the M56 - known locally as the 'lagoon' - at 6.30pm.

Police launched a manhunt for the owners of the dangerous dog, and have placed a description of the offenders on social media, in a bid to stop other animals being attacked in the market town.

The men are described as white; aged in their late teens to early 20s; and wearing black t-shirts and shorts.

PC Adam Norton said: "We made a search of the surrounding area but the offending males have not yet been located.

"These incidents are almost always the result of irresponsible owners failing to adequately train and control their dogs.

"We seek to take action to prevent further incidents."

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 816 of June 14.