Gruesome attack leaves dog severely injured
A CRUEL attack has left a beloved family pet severely injured and prompted a warning to all dog owners in the area, south of Brisbane, to be on alert.
Owner Krystelle Leigh said she was "horrified" after discovering her family's seven-year-old dog Maloo had been deliberately burned with what is believed to be either a chemical or boiling water, while in the backyard of her Acacia Ridge home sometime after 10pm on Friday night.
"When I saw Maloo at about 10pm she seemed fine but then a short time later she was licking her side, although she wasn't sooking or howling so I didn't think much of it.
Ms Leigh said by Sunday Maloo seemed "a little off" and so she decided to bath her in case she had a skin infection.
"She's a real gentle old dog but she snapped at me when I tried to bath her and that's when I realised something was wrong," she said.
Ms Leigh rushed Maloo to the vet where she underwent surgery, blood tests and X-rays but it was "touch and go" for three days.
"After she pulled through the vet rang me and said she believed it was either boiling hot water or a chemical attack that had caused the burns.
"With her all black fur she just looked a bit matted ... I thought it was a skin infection so to then get told you're possibly going to have to put your dog down was completely devastating," she said.
Ms Leigh said she combed her backyard for any possible source of the burns, which is when she noticed part of her six-foot high perimeter fence had been damaged.
"It looked like someone had jumped the fence.
"About three weeks ago we noticed there were dry dog biscuits thrown at the front of our gates … our other dog is a Staffie puppy so we thought maybe someone was marking our place to steal him … that's the only thing I can think of that might be linked," she said.
The distraught owner said she hopes sharing the story will remind others in the area to be vigilant.
Ms Leigh said Maloo is healing but isn't out of the woods yet.
"She's in so much pain.
"She's got antibiotics and special creams, we're still facing the risk of having to put her down if she's gets an infection or needs skin grafts.
"To get the grafts she would have to see a specialist and it's a lifelong treatment, which isn't something we can really afford," Ms Leigh said.
She has a started a GoFundMe page to support Maloo's treatment.
"We've had so much support from people sharing the pictures and getting the warning out to other owners. I'm so grateful," she said.
Ms Leigh said her family were "so angry" but have "no one to direct our anger at".
"We need answers … animals are such innocent creatures, I can't imagine who could do this," she said.
Ms Leigh has reported the attack to local police.
There is a gofundme account set up for the dog's recovery called "Maloo's road to recovery".