Plea to leash dogs
TWO Coffs Harbour dog owners are pleading with others to keep their dogs on leashes after they saw their dog killed in a vicious attack on Monday morning.
Jody Whitley and Bec Connolly were left stunned when their puppy, a maltese shitzu cross pomeranian called B J, was attacked by two bull mastiff cross-breeds while walking near the boat ramp at the south end of Coffs Harbour jetty.
The pair said they couldn't help their tiny dog, despite it being on a leash and only a few feet away.
"It happened so quickly," Miss Connolly said.
"A driver of a car had two dogs that came over just like other big dogs do but they suddenly were on either side of our dog and cornered him. One of them flipped him up and then he was in its mouth."
The owner of the two dogs immediately drove the girls and B J to a veterinarian's clinic and agreed to pay the bills but unfortunately it was too late for the seven-month-old dog.
"He didn't have any lacerations but it was all internal," she said. "His insides were crushed and he had a punctured lung."
Within an hour of the attack, their beloved pet had died.
Still shocked by what she witnessed, Miss Whitley hoped people would learn from her ordeal.
"I just think dogs need to be kept on a leash, especially the bigger ones," she said.