LOVED THE BEACH: Tegan Lloyd with her beloved jack russell terrier, Ruby. Nothing could be done to save the dog after a brutal attack.
LOVED THE BEACH: Tegan Lloyd with her beloved jack russell terrier, Ruby. Nothing could be done to save the dog after a brutal attack. Contributed

Family mourns terrier mauled to death at Pt Cartwright

UPDATE: AN article on the mauling death of a jack russell by two german shepherds in Friday's Daily incorrectly quoted Nicklin Way Vet partner Melanie Irvine as saying owners of aggressive dog breeds should take safety precautions when out in public. Ms Irvine was actually referring to was aggressive dogs as she has pointed out there is no such thing as an aggressive breed, only individual dogs.

THE STORY:

FOR eight-and-a-half years, Ruby filled the Lloyd family's lives with joy.

But it took only seconds for their little jack russell terrier to be fatally savaged by two german shepherds on Pt Cartwright Dr on March 28.

Ruby had loved surfing and playing on the beach and was always smiling.

Her horrific death has left the Lloyds - Rob, Marg and their daughter, Tegan - absolutely devastated.

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Tegan had flown back to the Coast from Cairns after hearing the news.

"The two alsatians (german shepherds) escaped and pretty much destroyed her," Mr Lloyd said.

"It was a Saturday morning - my wife was walking the dog on a lead and they knocked her to the ground and then just absolutely savaged Ruby."

Tegan Lloyd with her beloved jack russell terrier, Ruby. Photo Contributed
Tegan Lloyd with her beloved jack russell terrier, Ruby. Photo Contributed Contributed

Nicklin Way Vet partner Melanie Irvine said Ruby's injuries had been horrific and nothing could be done to save her.

"I've been a vet nearly 20 years and it was probably one of the worst I've ever seen," she said.

Ms Irvine said the attack had left Ruby with punctured kidneys, a perforated colon, badly damaged abdominal wall muscles and internal bleeding.

"I'm surprised she even made it here after the attack," the experienced vet said. "It was horrific - those dogs were brutal."

Ms Irvine said she was concerned about the potential for a similar attack on a small child and pleaded with owners of aggressive breeds to take safety precautions when out in public.

She said a huge number of dogs with wounds from fights, generally from interactions gone wrong at the nearby dog beach, were presented at the surgery.

Mr Lloyd said he had launched a civil action, which would be heard next month, in a bid to recover the money they had spent trying to save Ruby.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokeswoman said yesterday that staff were finalising their investigations into the matter before considering other options.

"It's a reminder to residents that council will take every opportunity available to us to prosecute and penalise to the full extent of the law when it comes to dangerous dogs," the spokeswoman said.



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