WATCH: Owner’s horror as dog mauled in Kawana park

"I THOUGHT she was bleeding from the heart because there was so much blood on my hands... I thought she was going to die on the way home."

Viv Gibson can vividly recall the heart-wrenching rush home on Friday morning after her little mate Pepsi, an eight-year-old miniature foxy, was savagely mauled during their daily walk in the park at Kawana Island.

Viv Gibson takes care of her dog, Pepsi, after she was attacked by a larger dog and left with $1000 vet bill.
Viv Gibson takes care of her dog, Pepsi, after she was attacked by a larger dog and left with $1000 vet bill. Warren Lynam

"It wasn't a pretty sight, I can tell you," Mrs Gibson said.

"She was just placidly walking, we go out walking every day."

Mrs Gibson said she recalled seeing a man sitting on a park bench, but thought nothing more.

As they neared, Mrs Gibson said the man's dog, which she believed was a bull mastiff - on a leash but not being held - shot out from under the park bench and began savaging Pepsi.

"The fellow had to punch it and hit it to get the dog off Pepsi," Mrs Gibson said.

"I was in such a shock I just said 'that dog shouldn't be out here' and he said 'you shouldn't have taken the dog so close'.''

Mrs Gibson, who lives at a nearby retirement village with her husband John, carried a heavily bleeding Pepsi home and then rushed her to a vet.

"She's got canine marks up on her shoulder, about six to eight of those," Mrs Gibson said.

"She's got a great big gash on the centre of her chest too. It just missed her coronary artery, the vet said."

The Gibsons were left with a $1000 vet bill.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokeswoman said it was vital dog owners kept their pets under control at all times in public, and encouraged any victims of attacks to contact the council so it could take action.

"If you experience or witness dogs acting aggressively towards people or animals, contact council on 5475 7272 so we can investigate as soon as possible and take relevant action," the spokeswoman said.

Mrs Gibson said she expected at the minimum that the dog responsible, if found, be ordered to be muzzled in public.



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