TOTO is safely back home on the lap of owner Cecilia Miller after being attacked by two large dogs.
TOTO is safely back home on the lap of owner Cecilia Miller after being attacked by two large dogs.

Family pet's horror ride

WHEN Cecilia and Scott Millers' little Shih-tzu cross dog was snatched from their doorstep on Wednesday morning by two large dogs, the retired couple thought their pet was history.

“All I heard was a ‘yipe' and that was it… he was gone,” Mr Miller said.

It was a Cooloola Cove neighbour who alerted Mr Miller and his wife to the fact that two dogs had attacked Toto in the front yard, one dog grabbing him by the neck and dragging him down the road.

“I saw Vanessa running down the road with a stick,” Mr Miller said. “She was calling out, ‘they've got Toto, they've got Toto!”

“Scott hopped in the car to follow them and another guy had stopped his car and tried to stop them carrying Toto away,” Mrs Miller said.

It was this neighbour's efforts that caused the dogs to drop Toto – about a kilometre from where they'd snatched him – before they ran off toward the Creekside development.

Mr Miller said Toto was bleeding profusely and they took him straight to the vet fearing the worst. However, the vet said their five-year-old pet was extremely lucky, escaping with mostly superficial wounds.

What concerns the Millers is the possibility that more dogs, children or the frail elderly could be attacked unless something is done about the marauding dogs.

Mr Miller added that the Gympie Regional Council was investigating the attack but he is worried there will be another incident if the two culprits are not located and dealt with soon.

“Three weeks ago I saw two big dogs, a brown and a black, coming up past Woolworths and they were up to no good… they were looking for trouble,” he said.

“It's the dogs' owners that we blame; we like dogs but these two have to be stopped.”

Gympie Times


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