Long road to recovery for pet dog attacked by wild dogs
FOR Whian Whian resident Jan Petroff the open wounds on her beloved dog Bluey make it all too clear that while baiting may be bad, the pain and suffering caused by wild dogs is far worse.
Her seven-year-old dog Bluey is in for a long and painful recovery after he was ferociously mauled by a pack of wild dogs during a walk at a nearby gully last week.
Ms Petroff said she decided to walk down the paddock that morning with her dogs Bluey the koolie and border collie Liaka instead of her normal route.
"We got down near a gully where I have seen wild dogs before and Bluey obviously spotted something and ran off to chase it and Liaka chased him," she said.
"I called them and Liaka came back but Bluey kept going and ran to the other side of the gully which was fairly impenetrable for me.
"I could hear them on the other side… Bluey might have chased one dog and then all of a sudden the whole pack closed in on him."
Ms Petroff said she could hear the barking and howling on the other side of the gully.
But she said even if she could have walked around the gully, she risked being attacked by the dogs herself and wouldn't have been able to carry Bluey home.
After getting back and reporting the attack to authorities, Ms Petroff said she found Bluey lying on the mat by the back door.
She said he was bleeding and obviously in pain, but the extent of the injuries weren't obvious because of his fur.
Bluey was taken to Lismore Veterinary Clinic where he spent three days, which included pain medication, antibiotics and two nights on a drip.
"Once he (the vet) started to shave, it just exposed the extent of the injuries, just puncture wounds all over him and the puncture wounds are very deep," Ms Petroff said.
"It makes you feel very sad and very sick to look at those horrible injuries on a dog and see those big blue eyes looking up at you.
"But I feel he is very lucky to have survived.
"I really think we've got to eradicate the wild dogs in some way or another because it's the lesser of two evils when you see what it does to your domestic pets."