A Staffordshire bull terrier cross that fatally mauled a puppy that was recruited to welcome guests to the new Adelaide Oval hotel has been euthanased, almost three months after the attack.

Key points:

  • Adelaide Oval’s popular welcome dog Charli was mauled in October
  • The Staffordshire bull terrier responsible has been found and put down
  • It is not yet clear if its owner will face penalties

Charli, a 20-week-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was killed in late October when it was attacked by another off-leash dog in the north-eastern Adelaide suburb of Hampstead Gardens.

The attack happened just a month after Charli starred in the opening of the Adelaide Oval hotel.

Authorities launched an appeal to find the dog responsible for the attack and its owners.

Witnesses had reported seeing a man, woman and child with a Staffordshire bull terrier cross with a dark coat and white markings that attacked the puppy.

The street in Hampstead Gardens where Charli was attacked.(ABC News: David Frearson)

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield today confirmed that investigators had found the dog and its owner in the Hampstead Gardens area.

“In serious dog attacks such as this one, community safety officers obtain a warrant to seize the dog involved, which occurred in this instance.

The dog that attacked Charli was deemed to be “unduly dangerous”.(Supplied: Adelaide Oval Hotel)

“Following the seizure of the dog and a full investigation, it was determined that the dog was unduly dangerous in accordance with the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

“As a result of this, a destruction order was issued and the dog was euthanased this week.”

While the dog has been put down, it is still not clear if its owner will face any penalties.

“Our first priority was the seizure of the offending dog and the outcome of the dog destruction order,” the council said.

“A decision has not yet been made about penalties for breaches of the act.”

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