Neighbourhood in shock after seeing truck crush puppy

Alanna Keller witnessed the gruesome death of a puppy out the front of her home due to the carelessness of a truck driver.
Alanna Keller witnessed the gruesome death of a puppy out the front of her home due to the carelessness of a truck driver. Luka Kauzlaric

A QUIET street in Calliope seemed like the safest place in the world to own a puppy.

Until a garbage truck destroyed that illusion.

Alanna Keller last week witnessed the brutal end for a 12-week-old cavalier puppy named Bella.

She is enraged that neither the garbage truck company or driver have responded to her requests for an apology.

"He just squashed her and kept driving," she said.

"It's just a matter of respect.

"I know he might not have heard that puppy scream, but he definitely would have felt it."

With Bella's owners away from home on holiday, Ms Keller contacted their real estate agent to inform them of the tragedy.

"The poor owners are devastated," she said.

"What has been done has been done. But they should at least apologise for killing the poor little darling."

Blood stains on the asphalt outside of her Calliope home remind Ms Keller every day of Bella's brutal end.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers issued the following response.

"While this is an unfortunate incident and very saddening for the owners, it serves as a reminder for residents to ensure their pets are contained within their properties to ensure pets are kept safe," she said.

"Council would prefer these situations were avoided through responsible pet ownership and sincerely empathises with the owners."

The garbage truck company responsible for the puppy's death declined to respond to The Observer's requests for comment.

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