A MARYBOROUGH woman is warning dog owners to be vigilant while walking their pets after her blind miniature fox terrier named Buddy was attacked by two larger dogs in Aridane St.
Shirley Robinson was in her mobility scooter taking Buddy for a walk along the same path she has taken for 14 years when the incident happened at the intersection of Ariadne St and Milton St.
Two large dogs wearing khaki-coloured winter coats raced over to Ms Robinson and Buddy, with one of the dogs taking Buddy into his mouth and shaking him.
Despite having ongoing problems with her leg, Ms Robinson knew she was Buddy's only hope, so she climbed off her mobility scooter and kicked the dog as hard as she could.
The dog let Buddy go and Ms Robinson grabbed him and cuddled him to her chest, but the menacing pair was not through with them.
Ms Robinson said the dogs began circling her as though they were going to attack.
An elderly neighbour heard Ms Robinson's cries for help and ran to her assistance, helped her get Buddy back to their home down the street, with the two large dogs following them every step of the way as they headed for safety.
"He's my hero," Ms Robinson said.
Ms Robinson said she was unable to determine the breed of the dogs that attacked Buddy, but she made a report to the Fraser Coast council and a compliance officer was looking for the dogs.
Meanwhile Ms Robinson and Buddy are recovering from their ordeal at home.
Buddy was left with seven puncture wounds in his hind quarters and near his groin after the attack and has had to take antibiotics to stave off infection.
The bite narrowly missed an artery in his thigh and it is likely he will never walk properly again.
He has also become reticent, unwilling to go outside without his owner accompanying him.
Ms Robinson said she was very concerned for school children, who regularly walk along that street.