Cruel attack leaves nine-month-old pup fighting for life

CHRISTMAS has been spoiled for one local family with a vicious attack on their nine-month-old puppy.

Anne Johnson said her daughter Michelle and granddaughter returned home from grocery shopping on Sunday evening to find their staffy-cross, Candy, injured.

"When they came home, they noticed the dog was barking and in distress," Ms Johnson said.

"My daughter went out the back and found the puppy tied up with a knotted rope tight around her neck."

Ms Johnson said a six-foot fence surrounded the locked Morrison Cl property and access would only have been possible by climbing the perimeter.

"They've gone to a lot of trouble because there's no other way they could have gotten in there.

"The dog was in its own yard and fenced in.

"She's just a loveable, gawky dog and she wouldn't hurt anyone.

"No decent person would do this to an innocent animal."

Candy now faces a long and costly recovery, with vets still trying to pinpoint how much damage has been done.

"They don't know what's wrong with her.

"She could have suffered a brain haemorrhage but they're not sure at this stage.

"There's talk about putting her down but of course we'll do what we can to save her," she said.

"We just want to get her home but we'll see how she goes."

With Candy's condition uncertain, her mounting treatment bills are an unexpected burden for the family.

"My daughter had to take out a Vet Pay loan - she could only borrow $1200 at this stage but that won't stretch far enough.

"She's a single mum doing it tough and working full time.

"She works hard, she donated a kidney for her brother and she's just had it tough lately.

"Now her little girl's Christmas has been ruined by this horrible act."

The incident, believed to have occurred between 6.30-8.30pm on Sunday, has been reported to Coffs Harbour Police.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online at

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