Amaz­ing es­cape from dingo at­tack

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AF­TER en­dur­ing winds, floods and ex­ces­sive dam­age, Whit­sun­day res­i­dents in ru­ral ar­eas are now hav­ing to con­tend with roam­ing din­goes.

A Strathdickie res­i­dent took to Face­book to warn of in­creased sight­ings.

The mo­ment Craig Stolte saw his beloved pet dog Tia chased away by five din­goes on Strathdickie Rd, he thought it was all over.

That was un­til he mirac­u­lously found her ly­ing on his front ve­ran­dah at 3.30am as his son Josh woke up for a glass of wa­ter.

The four-year-old short-haired pointer dog re­turned al­most un­touched with only a few mi­nor cuts on her nose.

Tia’s es­cape took her on a long ad­ven­ture, with her sighted at Plants Whit­sun­day, 8km away from home be­fore Craig and Josh found her in a farmer’s pad­dock on Strathdickie Rd be­ing chased away by the din­goes.

“I saw three din­goes on one side and two on the other bounc­ing along and thought this doesn’t look good,” Mr Stolte said.

“Next, we heard a bark and some com­mo­tion, we tried to get around, but couldn’t get through be­cause of the trees and barbed wire and we couldn’t get her, so I just thought, have faith, we don’t know yet.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LUCKY: Tia re­turned to her Strathdickie home af­ter a dingo en­counter.

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