Loved pet shot dead
TYRONE the Chow Chow should have been safe and sound inside his well-fenced yard while his owners went away for the weekend.
But some time after 7pm Saturday someone shot the much-loved family pet inside his yard in the Beaver Rock area of Maryborough.
The senseless killing of Tyrone has left owner Greg Ludwig baffled.
“Why would they decide to shoot him – of all the dogs?
“He wasn’t a nuisance dog.
“He was reasonably old and the place is fully fenced so he never got out to bother anyone.”
Mr Ludwig and his wife had gone to Brisbane for the weekend and arranged for a neighbour to feed Tyrone each evening.
At sunset on Saturday Tyrone was alive and well and happy to be fed.
On Sunday evening, however, he failed to turn up for his dinner.
The neighbour left some food anyway but on Monday morning he went to check on Tyrone and the meal was still untouched.
“Our neighbour had a look around and found Tyrone laying near the side fence. He’d been shot,” Mr Ludwig said.
“He covered the dog with a sheet and then called my wife and broke it to her.
“She’s very upset. Our dog was part of the family.
“Every time she walks out the door she expects to see him.”
Dog treats still sit on the outdoor dining setting on the Ludwigs’ back patio but Tyrone will never enjoy them again.
A mound of dirt where he is buried in the backyard and the odd photo are all that remain of him.
Police were notified and are investigating. Anyone with information can contact the Maryborough police station.