Precious pet chickens mauled

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

JARED Moore believes his chook Gretel is in a better place, but mum Melissa knows what really happened.

Melissa and her husband came back from Christmas celebrations to find their yard strewn with hundreds of feathers from their three chickens Gretel, Summer and Thunder.

They knew immediately what had happened and soon found their three mauled bodies.

'It was disgusting ? it had to have been a dog,' Melissa said.

Melissa spent yesterday morning cleaning the yard before her three children, Jared, 6, Courtney, 4 today, Tyson, 3 in January, came home. "It's right before their birthday and just after Christmas,' Melissa said.

Gretel, Summer and Thunder joined the Moore household after their dog was put down due to cancer four months ago.

'My son had a speech disability but since he has had Gretel his speech has improved so much,'' Me- lissa said.

'When he couldn't sleep he would go and talk to Gretel. In the morning I'd find them curled up together in his bed.'

Melissa implored people to look af- ter their pets and make sure they knew where they were.

'People need to be aware if they have a dog that is dangerous,' Melis- sa said.

She at least hoped the children had some memories of their pets. "Gretel had character.

'I caught her sitting on the swing the other day, swinging in the breeze. She loved sitting on the motor-bike too.'



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