Family pet allegedly mauled to death
A BUNDABERG woman says her family's pet, Basil, was mauled to death but the alleged dog killer continues to live nearby.
It was just after 5am on Sunday when mum of two Ymma Williamson, who lives across the street from Southside Central shopping centre, was woken by banging on her front door.
"The lady who cleans (at Southside Central) was knocking on the door," she said.
She said the distressed woman informed her she'd just witnessed a large wolfhound jump Ms Williamson's fenced yard, grab her little pomeranian papillon and leave with it dangling from its mouth.
"She said, 'quick jump in the car', so I hopped in and we went looking for the wolfhound," Ms Williamson said.
Scared for her pet's safety, Ms Williamson said the pair drove along Lamb St searching for Basil, or "Bazzy" to her kids.
Ms Williamson said she saw Basil lying lifelessly on the back steps of a two storey house - viewable through the spare allotment adjoining the property.
"I freaked; I couldn't believe it had happened," she said.
Ms Williamson said the woman with her raced to the front door.
"She was yelling and knocking down their door," she said.
She said a man came to the door and asked "What's wrong?".
"She said, 'Your dog has just killed her dog'," she said.
"But then I saw Basil stumble around the corner so I just grabbed him and we left," she said.
"He was bleeding heavily."
Ms Williamson said she immediately contacted Bundaberg Regional Council and called a vet.
"We took him to the vet and he said there was too much damage," she said.
"I had to get him put down."
Ms Williamson said her two boys, aged seven and 13, were heartbroken over the loss of their loved pet.
"They're devastated," she said.
"Jesse keeps asking me, 'Is Bazzy coming back yet' and 'Has Bazzy gone to heaven'."
Ms Williamson said her son Caleb, 13 was constantly in tears.
"He understands everything; it's not fair on him," she said.
She said beyond her family's loss, she feared for the safety of children and other dogs in the community.
"I want that dog destroyed - he's a danger to anything small," she said.
"I really want this dog put down, I'm an animal lover but I can't go to every house and let them know there is a dangerous dog."
When the NewsMail visited the home of the wolfhound yesterday, no one was home.
The dog was tied to the clothesline in the backyard with a piece of rope.
Melissa Lea, who lives across the street from the wolfhound, said it escaped the property "all the time".
"It's come into our yard - we just scare it off," she said.
Health and Regulatory Services spokesman Wayne Honor said he was aware of the incident and an investigation was ongoing.
"It sounds to me like it will be classed as a dangerous dog. It will be required to be in a secure, fenced area and it would have to be muzzled outside that area," he said.
He said depending on the results of the investigation the results could be "more serious".
A Bundaberg Regional Council Health and Regulatory Services spokesman said if a dog was found to have mauled another dog or was known to escape a property, it would become listed a "declared dog".
The spokesman said declared dogs over 8kgs required a yard with a fence at least 1.8m high.