Friends mourn dog attack victim
SHOCKED friends and colleagues have paid tribute to dog attack victim Sue Lopicich.
Ms Lopicich had been a child care educator at Willetton Child Care Association for the past seven years and was much loved by children, parents and staff.
She was mauled to death this week by her pet bull mastiff at home.
Association president Marie Quinn said Ms Lopicich, a mother of three adult children, was “just a wonderful lady, very caring towards the staff”.
“We are just all very upset, Mrs Quinn said.
“There are 17 staff here, we are all very close. Ms Lopicich left work on Monday happy with the day she had spent with the children and went home to do more caring, this time for her muchloved dogs at the kennel she owned in Southern River.”
Mrs Quinn also revealed the circumstances in which Ms Lopicich was discovered.
She said a staff member had visited Ms Lopicich at her home on August 1 after she had failed to turn up at work that day.
On discovering Ms Lopicich in a serious condition, emergency services were called.
“We are doing all we can to provide support and counselling to the staff who are all deeply affected by this sudden tragedy,” Mrs Quinn said.
Centres acting director and Ms Lopicich’s friend Jacqui Smith said children, parents and staff at the centre heard about Ms Lopicich’s shocking death last Thursday.
“We are all upset and sad. She was a lovely person and the children just flocked around her when she was here,” Miss Smith said.
Miss Smith said reports on social media critical of Ms Lopicich housing dangerous dogs were upsetting.
She said her friend arranged for dog behaviourists to visit her home to try to change problematic behaviours, as many of the animals rescued had been abused by former owners.
Long-time friend of Ms Lopicich, Sheryl Bodger, said their families’ friendship went back 50 years. She said her friend had always wanted to open a dog kennel and just over three years ago had established Barko's Boarding Kennel.
City of Canning Deputy Mayor Lindsay Holland said Ms Lopicich was a much-loved person.
“She enjoyed her work immensely she will be really missed,” he said.
The dog has been put down.
Sue Lopicich with one of her rescued dogs.