Fam­ily pup dies af­ter be­ing cru­elly baited in own back­yard

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

A FAM­ILY in Korora has been left dev­as­tated af­ter their six­month-old puppy, Lucy, was baited in their own back­yard.

Robyn Stone and her fam­ily re­cently wel­comed the staffy puppy into their home to help with the heal­ing process af­ter los­ing their former dog, which had been part of the fam­ily for 11 years.

Lucy was full of life, loved peo­ple, the beach and swim­ming but, af­ter a cruel act, the fam­ily is griev­ing again.

It ap­pears she was baited not once, but po­ten­tially three times, the first in­ci­dent be­ing Fri­day, March 24.

“I no­ticed Lucy was a lit­tle bit off but didn’t re­alise what had hap­pened,” Robyn said.

Upon re­flec­tion, she has come to re­alise this was the first time her beloved puppy was baited.

“She had red di­ar­rhoea but she got over it on her own,” Robyn said.

The fol­low­ing day Robyn ar­rived home ear­lier than usual. While play­ing with Lucy, the puppy started to have mus­cle spasms.

“I took her to the Woopi vet. When vet­eri­nar­ian Jim saw her, he said she’d been poi­soned by some­thing.

“I went home to have a look around and found some snail pel­lets on my deck.

“I don’t have any around my place.”

Lucy stayed at the vet for two nights and mirac­u­lously pulled through.

On Wed­nes­day she was back home with her fam­ily.

Re­lieved and over­joyed to have Lucy re­cov­er­ing and alive, their emo­tions were short-lived.

On Satur­day, April 7, Robyn left the house for 45 min­utes. When she re­turned home, she found crumbs on the lounge from some­thing Lucy had brought inside.

“Upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions, it looked very sim­i­lar to red rat baits.

“From the crumbs left be­hind and with the symp­toms she had, it def­i­nitely points to a rat bait,” she said.

While pet and owner were ly­ing on the couch to­gether the fol­low­ing night, Lucy died.

“She was only six months old.

“I got her af­ter an­other dog I had for 11 years passed away.

“She helped me to deal with the grief of los­ing an­other long-term dog, then this hap­pened,” Robyn said.

“We had no com­plaints about her from any­one, the neigh­bours said they’d never heard her bark.”

Af­ter the puppy was baited the first time, Robyn in­stalled a se­cu­rity cam­era and, from watch­ing hours of footage, she was cer­tain Lucy wasn’t a barker.

The video has since been handed over to the po­lice.

“It has re­ally shaken me up a lot to think there are no other dogs in the place who have been baited.

“I feel it is a per­sonal at­tack, it’s left me shaken and very up­set.

“We’re now deal­ing with the loss of two dogs.

“I had ra­di­a­tion treat­ment over the Christ­mas pe­riod and Lucy was there for me.

“She helped me out and I want to try and get a lit­tle bit of jus­tice for her by stop­ping it from hap­pen­ing to any other dogs.

“Jim from Wool­go­olga Vet Clinic was amaz­ing to get her through the first bait­ing.

“They didn’t think she was go­ing to pull through but he weaved his magic and it was great to have her back for the week or so.

“We were ab­so­lutely stoked to have her back but still cau­tious whether it would hap­pen again.

“The last time she was baited, I knew what was go­ing to hap­pen but I didn’t want to take her back to the vet and put her through it all again.

“Once con­vinced she was def­i­nitely baited, I made the de­ci­sion to have her put down but she passed be­fore that could hap­pen.

“I just want to make peo­ple aware there are hor­ri­ble peo­ple out there.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

Lucy the staffy.

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