The letter threatened to leave poison meat in a the yard - where the family's two small children often play.
The letter threatened to leave poison meat in a the yard - where the family's two small children often play. Facebook: Kirra-Lee Laverty

Nasty note to mum: 'Keep your dog inside or we'll poison him'

A SUNSHINE Coast mother has been left reeling after a note left in her letterbox threatened to poison their beloved family pet.

Kirra-lee Laverty received the letter asking the family to keep their dog inside, or feel the wrath of "some pretty angry people in the neighbourhood".

"I'd advise you take action before poisoned meat is thrown into the yard," the letter reads.

The letter, which did not have a signature or return address, then launched into a personal attack over the family's capacity to care for the animal.

"You need to have some respect for other people and maybe reconsider whether you are fit to be a dog owner," the anonymous resident said.

With no other option for recourse, the mother-of-two turned to social media to share her own letter to the angry neighbour.

"I would to firstly apologise if my dog has caused you an inconvenience to you and your family, he is just a puppy and still learning the ropes," Ms Laverty said.

 

Sunshine Coast mum Kirra-Lee Laverty discovered this letter in her letterbox, threatening to leave poison meat in her garden for her dog and where her children play.
Sunshine Coast mum Kirra-Lee Laverty discovered this letter in her letterbox, threatening to leave poison meat in her garden for her dog and where her children play. Facebook: Kirra-Lee Laverty

"He is normally not home by himself but as my partner has gone away for work for a few weeks he has been left home with myself who has to work two days a week and can't take him to work with me unfortunately."

Ms Laverty said the 14-week-old puppy does sleep inside, and has never woken up her baby and young toddler with barking or noise.

Her partner, who is currently working away, intends to door knock the street when he returns home to apologise to any the neighbours disturbed by the dog.

The Buderim mother implored her anonymous neighbour to choose their actions wisely, pointing out that poison meat may have dire consequences for her children.

"Please be smart about the action you take in regards to throwing poisoned meat in my yard because you aren't only threatening my dog you are also threatening my kids lives as they play in the backyard and my eight-month-old puts everything he finds in his mouth," she wrote on Facebook.

"Thank you for your kind note I will be sure to take more steps into ensuring he doesn't disturb you anymore."

The anonymous letter writer has copped widespread ire from the Sunshine Coast community, condemning it as "gutless", the acts of an "anonymous coward", and some called for Ms Laverty to contact the police.

Ms Laverty said she has purchased a training collar, enrolled to dog in puppy school, and has filed a complaint with the RSPCA and police.



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