Dog attack sends pet Buddy into hid­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

‘‘Buddy lit­er­ally hit the ground and ran, he was ter­ri­fied. He just took off. We haven't seen him since.’’

Buddy, the af­fec­tion­ate Espresso to Go cat, has gone miss­ing fol­low­ing a sur­prise attack from an un­leashed dog.

Last Wed­nes­day, Buddy (also known as Vi­vace) was chased by the pooch through the cof­fee shop and se­verely mauled in a neigh­bour­ing shop. No one has seen him since. Espresso to Go barista Mag­gie Scelly says an un­leashed brindle stafford­shire walk­ing through town be­side his owner caught sight of Buddy in the door­way and gave chase.

‘‘The dog vir­tu­ally ran in here (Espresso to Go), out the back of the shop, into the hair­dressers next door and caught buddy there. The owner ran in and told the dog to drop Buddy. He just leashed him (the dog) and left.’’

Scelly says she was un­sure about the dog con­trol laws, but didn’t think un-leashed dogs were per­mit­ted in the CBD.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Adele Pre­ston says un­der the dog con­trol by­law, dogs are pro­hib­ited in the cen­tral busi­ness ar­eas be­tween 8am and 6pm, seven days a week.

The only ex­cep­tion is if it is a ser­vice dog or at­tend­ing a vet - even then the an­i­mals must be leashed. Dogs are not per­mit­ted in the CBD any­time off-leash.

Wit­nesses say Buddy had the dog’s nose in its teeth, caus­ing lac­er­a­tions to the ca­nine.

Buddy was be­ing crushed in the dog’s strong jaws. The noise of the dog’s growls and Buddy’s high pitched yowls was ter­ri­ble.

Scelly says after be­ing sep­a­rated from the dog the ter­ri­fied cat bolted. He is likely to be in­jured.

‘‘Buddy lit­er­ally hit the ground and ran, he was ter­ri­fied. He just took off. We haven’t seen him since. We came down in the dark call­ing him, he knows our voices so he will usu­ally come, but there was no sign of him. We think he is in­jured and hid­ing some­where.

‘‘It’s the not knowing if he is in­jured, or how badly, that makes things worse.’’

Buddy came to Espresso to Go two and a half years ago as a stray kit­ten.

He was roam­ing around the store front, hun­gry and scared and Scelly says they even­tu­ally man­aged to coax him in­side and be­gan to feed and take care of him.

He started to make him­self at home and never left.

Scelly says if any­one has in­for­ma­tion about Bud­dys where­abouts, con­tact ei­ther Land­mark Vets and Mata­mata Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices.

Buddy the Espresso to Go store cat has gone miss­ing after be­ing mauled in a neigh­bour­ing store by an un­leashed dog.

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