A SAVAGE dog attack on a cavoodle and its owner at Sunshine Beach by another dog has local dog lovers who use popular Ferris St fearful of more attacks, not only on themselves but also local children.
Melinda Gregor was left bruised and scratched while trying to stop the savaging of her dog, Lola, and was forced to hide in a nearby garage as neighbours did their best to distract the suspected pitbull/American staffie cross.
Now Ms Gregor is hoping a Noosa Council investigation will lead to the identity of the dangerous dog as well as the female owner who sat on a bench 100m away and watched the attack without intervening.
"Unfortunately I did not get a good look at the dog or the owner who eventually took the dog away without inquiring to our wellbeing," Ms Gregor said.
The "horrific" attack started shortly after 7am after Lola had stopped short of the exercise area after spotting an unleashed labrador.
"She does not like other dogs," Ms Gregor said.
"We did not go any further and then suddenly from behind the labrador, a dark-coloured dog started charging up the street towards us from over 80 metres away.
"The dog did not stop when it got to us and latched straight on to Lola.
"It was horrific.
"At one point I was able to pick Lola up, however, the dog kept attacking and jumping up on me to get at Lola, pulling her legs and biting her constantly on the back, behind and tail."
She said a walker and neighbours came to their aid but were unable to get the dog to stop.
"Eventually I got away and hid in a neighbour's garage behind a van while the dog was distracted by the neighbours.
"I would like to thank the wonderful people of Sunshine Beach who came out of their houses so early in the morning to see if we were okay."
Ms Gregor said while her injuries included a jarring of a knee which she had just been operated on, Lola received severe injuries and spent three days at the Noosa District Animal Hospital.
"She's been back at the vet again today (Thursday) - the wound is quite a big hole and it's getting infected," she said.
"They just said it's going to be a long recovery.
"This was such a violent, unprovoked attack by a vicious dog. With all the young children playing in Ferris Park, I think as a community we really need to quickly find the culprit in this incident so this does not happen again to another dog, or worse still a small child."