Family traumatised after beloved pet mauled to death
A WOMAN has relived the horror of watching her beloved pet chihuahua being ripped from her hands and mauled to death by a dog at Kewarra Beach.
On Saturday afternoon Simone Fox got her two young kids ready to go for a ride on their new bikes they got for Christmas.
"I don't normally take Max because he is 15 and really old … but he came out the front door and looked really excited," she said.
"So we put him on his lead and off we went."
Walking to the end of her cul-de-sac, Mr Fox watched her daughter go ahead when she heard her cry "mummy, mummy pick Max up there is a big dog coming".
"I quickly went to pick him up … and the dog came hurtling around the corner and snatched Max out of my hands … and I tried to pull Max out of its mouth but it would not let go," she said.
Ms Fox said the owner of the dog then tried to get her chihuahua out of its mouth but again it would not let go.
"I was just screaming, I didn't want to see him. I was in so much shock and was just there crying," she said.
An ambulance was called for Ms Fox who received four stitches to her hand. Council officers also attended the scene.
A Cairns Regional Council spokeswoman said officers have spoken to several people who were involved or who witnessed the incident.
"Investigations are ongoing and no animals have been seized at this time," the spokeswoman said.
"In any investigation, council will consider all available evidence and, depending on the outcome of an investigation, action may be taken against the dog and its owner."
The owner of the attacking dog can be fined, the dog can be declared a "dangerous dog" or the dog could be destroyed.
When a dog is declared dangerous, Queensland law places additional restrictions on the keeping of the dog which include mandatory desexing and the wearing of a muzzle in public places.
Witness to the attack Mike Dennis said it was "disgusting" scene on Saturday afternoon.
"We heard the woman screaming and we all ran out," he said.
"I saw the woman, her finger are all munched up and she had four stitches after been bitten."
Ms Fox said the attacking dog looked like a "pig dog and should not be off the leash in a suburban neighbourhood".
"Before it came around the corner it did not even know my dog was there, it just came around the corner and chomped the head of my tiny little dog, he was 15 years old," she said.
The council spokeswoman said the council was attempting to locate the dog involved in this incident.