ATTACKED: Cougar with Sylvia and John’s great-granddaughter, Shalee. John said everybody loved Cougar.
ATTACKED: Cougar with Sylvia and John’s great-granddaughter, Shalee. John said everybody loved Cougar. Contributed

Canines killed in horror attack

TAABINGA resident Sylvia Evans will never forget the image of her dog attacked and killed by two vicious dogs on the loose.

Sylvia and her husband John had their two canine friends, Bella and Cougar, fatally mauled last week in an attack she likened to a horror movie.

It was Tuesday afternoon and John was sitting on the deck with a friend when he heard something that sounded like dogs.

Sylvia discovered Cougar dead by the creek later that afternoon.

"It was something you never want to see," she said.

"I told John not to go down, I wrapped him in some blankets and our friends helped us bury him that night."

John said his eight-year-old kelpie Cougar wouldn't have even known how to fight when he was attacked.

The following day Sylvia was unpacking hay when she heard two dogs barking.

Sylvia chased the dogs off and raced a severely injured Bella to the vet.

"She died at the vets later that night," she said.

"It was something you never want to happen to your dogs, our dogs were like our family."

Cougar, 8, and Bella, two-and-a-half, were both pure bred kelpie cattle dogs.

"The brutal way they killed our dogs, I'll never get it out of my head," Sylvia said.

Bella had been given to Sylvia after ill treatment and was only just getting used to people when she was attacked.

"They are two very dangerous dogs, they will go for you."

"He was going to go for me."

John said they had never had a problem with stray dogs in the 31 years they had lived at Taabinga.

They believe the dogs have an owner and are not wild.

Kingaroy Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said police were not able to determine who the dogs belonged to and whether or not they were wild or owned.

Snr Sgt Frank said anyone who saw wild dogs on their property attacking their animals or livestock had the right to destroy the animals.

"If it is safe to do so," he said.

"Shooting or killing a wild dog is legally defensible."

Snr Sgt Frank said the property was near the Stuart River which attracted wild dogs because of all the livestock properties in the area.

South Burnett Regional Council is still investigating whether or not the dogs are owned.