Pet chi­huahua mauled to death at Ke­warra Beach

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - PETER CAR­RUTHERS

A WOMAN has re­lived the hor­ror of watch­ing her beloved pet chi­huahua be­ing ripped from her hands and mauled to death by a sav­age Amer­i­can bull­dog at Ke­warra Beach.

On Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, Si­mone Fox got her two young kids ready to go for a ride.

“I don’t nor­mally take Max, be­cause he is 15 and really old … but he came out the front door and looked really ex­cited,” she said. “So we put him on his lead and off we went.”

Walk­ing to the end of her cul-de-sac, Mr Fox watched her daugh­ter go ahead when she heard her cry: “Mummy, Mummy, pick Max up, there is a big dog com­ing.”

“I quickly went to pick him up … and the dog came hurtling around the cor­ner and snatched Max out of my hands … and I tried to pull Max out of its mouth but it would not let go,” she said.

Ms Fox said the owner of the dog then tried to get her chi­huahua out of its mouth but again, it would not let go.

An am­bu­lance was called for Ms Fox, who re­ceived four stitches to her hand. Coun­cil of­fi­cers also at­tended the scene.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil said of­fi­cers had spo­ken to sev­eral peo­ple who were in­volved or who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing and no an­i­mals have been seized at this time,” a spokes­woman said.

“In any in­ves­ti­ga­tion, coun­cil will con­sider all avail­able ev­i­dence and, depend­ing on the out­come of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­tion may be taken against the dog and its owner.”

The owner of the at­tack­ing dog can be fined, the dog can be de­clared a “dan­ger­ous dog”, or the dog can be de­stroyed.

Coun­cil said it was at­tempt­ing to lo­cate the dog in­volved in this in­ci­dent.

AT­TACKED: Max the chi­huahua was killed by an­other dog.

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