A Bedford mother whose puppy was mauled to death by two dogs that forced their way inside her front yard wants the vicious animals destroyed.
Michelle Green watched in horror from her living room yesterday afternoon as the two Staffordshire bull terriers killed her family’s 16-month-old poodle Maltese cross Harley.
The muscly dogs had pushed their way through closed double gates at the Bedford house to get to Harley and were unable to get out again after the attack, she said.
The mother of two had to wait for a council ranger to seize the dogs before she could go outside to her dead puppy.
“It was horrible... being a small poodle he didn’t stand a chance against two staffies,” she said.
“Once they had killed him they were throwing him around the yard, still biting at him.”
Mrs Green said she screamed and banged on the front flyscreen door to try to scare the dogs away during the attack but could not risk going outside because her three-year-old son Jay was at home with her.
“I’ve seen all the stories on the news before about people being attacked trying to get dogs off other people or other dogs, I knew my dog was dead anyway,” she said.
Mrs Green said she and her husband wanted the Staffordshire bull terriers – which she said she was told had escaped from a Lockridge house about 8km away after the owner’s fence was damaged in the storms – put down.
“They’ve got the taste of blood now,” she said.
“Whether they do it to another dog or a human being it’s traumatising either way.”
“They shouldn’t be allowed to be free and have the possibility of doing it again.”
It is understood the collar-less dogs were identified when their owner rang the council to report them missing and check if they had been found.
The incident comes just weeks after a six-year-old girl was mauled by a pack of dogs in Baldivis.
A 15-month-old kelpie was killed by a neighbour’s Staffordshire bull terrier in Mundaring last month and in another recent attack, two dogs killed a westie Maltese in an East Perth park.
Bayswater Council has impounded the dogs but is yet to decide their fate. The council said yesterday it had not yet interviewed the owner of the dogs.
The council can apply to the court to have the animals destroyed and under the Dog Act, their owner could be fined $10,000.