Owners of mauled dog call for justice
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
CALLUM BRYANT wants the owner of two vicious rottweilers who killed his puppy brought to justice.
The 11-year-old Ballina boy's new labradoodle, Banjo, was mauled by the rottweilers on Tuesday afternoon, as their owner looked on without concern.
"His dogs should be put down," a distraught Callum said. Callum's mum, Jane, was walking Banjo in Ballina's Kingsford Smith Park about 5pm with Callum's grandmother Anne Sharp and her golden retriever Nella, when the Rottweilers leapt out at them from the bushes.
The rottweilers were unleashed and pounced on the puppy before biting into his abdomen and shaking him violently.
"We were screaming," said Anne. "But the man who owned the bigger dogs didn't do anything."
Jane grabbed one of the dogs around the mouth and managed to pull it off, but it immediately ran back towards Banjo and attacked him again.
"What I can't believe is that their owner didn't call them off," Jane said. "He didn't say a word until it was too late."
When the rottweilers' owner eventually called his dogs off the puppy he offered no apology and walked away as if the attack never happened.
Too concerned about Banjo's well-being to confront the man, Jane and Anne piled the puppy into their car and drove to a veterinary surgery which was closed.
The 11-week-old puppy died before Jane had a chance to call the vet's after hours number.
"He would have bled to death," she said. "You could see all the puncture wounds in his little stomach."
Jane then had the tough task of breaking the news to Callum. Banjo was the family's first puppy and they had only brought him home from a pet shop three weeks ago. "We're devastated," Callum said.
The attack has been reported to the Ballina Shire Council's rangers, but if you have any information about the owner of the rottweilers you can call 66 861 210.