THE streets are no longer safe after dark at Tamaree.
That was the warning from one distraught family this week after their beloved cattle dog Minnie was literally torn apart by a savage pack of uncontrolled dogs.
For Belinda and Allan Hansen, it was a tragedy akin to the loss of a relative, because Minnie really was the best friend they had ever had.
"Our dog was murdered," Belinda said when she came to The Gympie Times' office.
She says it happened just after midnight, about 12.30am on Anzac Day.
"We heard our dog take off and bark, but that was about all," Allan said.
"We're looking after the neighbour's dog at the moment.
"I fell asleep and woke to the sound of it barking.
"I couldn't see anything in the fog, but the next day we found Minnie down the gully at the front of our property, along the creek.
"We'd seen packs of uncontrolled dogs, including a couple of staffies and there have been dingoes along the other side of the road.
"It could be either, but there is a big problem here with uncontrolled domestic dogs, out and roaming .
"This was multiple dogs."
Allan said he and Belinda just wanted people to know the situation because they needed to be careful.
"These are extremely savage dogs," he said.
"All the skin was torn off our dog and it was very unpleasant carrying her to where she is buried.
"It was horrific.
"I've never seen anything so violent."
All down the yard there is a trail of blood and fur where she fought for her life.
Minnie may have been the most loved dog in Australia if you count the number of children and adults who counted her as their best friend.
"She came with the car," Belinda said.
"We bought a car and the owner had two dogs.
"He asked us, 'Do you want the female?'
"He said he had been looking for 'the right person".
So we went back to our family and said, 'There's the car, but a dog comes with it.
"The fellow actually said we could have her even if we didn't buy the car. So we all went out and had a look."
Allan's nephew was a bit autistic and afraid of dogs, but one day, when he went wandering, Minnie rounded him up.
"She just went and got him, made friends with him and led him home.
He had been afraid but by the end he was patting her.
"We've got 10 grandchildren and she's friends with all of them.
"This has affected everyone. We've had dogs before," Allan said.
"But we've never been touched like we were by this one."
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