Dogs without leashes roam free on beaches.
Dogs without leashes roam free on beaches.

Woman takes on bull-mastiff cross to protect her pooch

A QUIET afternoon stroll along one of Noosa's dog off-leash beaches with her two fox terriers ended up in a "horrific" dog fight and a $180 vet bill for Beck Elsworthy.

The mine worker is now determined to find the owners of the bull-mastiff cross called "Duke" and a Kelpie-cross who refused to give their names after the attack.

She has taken their photos and says she will do everything in her power to make sure they are brought to account. "I was about to finish my walk when the next minute this Duke came flying out of the water," she said.

"He latched on to her back end then the kelpie cross became involved."

But her dog, Maggi Maye, has puncture wounds in its rear that may also require ongoing treatment.

"I was hysterical. I punched the dog in the head and poked it in the eyes and ripped on the back leg," Ms Elsworthy said.

"The owners said it was my dog's fault. Their dogs are killers; I just wanted to enjoy the beach. Their dogs should get destroyed and they should pay my vet bill."

Ms Elsworthy contacted the police, but "they couldn't care less".

She also contacted the Sunshine Coast Council which confirmed they are investigating the incident.

"If it takes me a year, I will find them no matter what. I am absolutely disgusted at the people. They refused to take responsibility. They are rednecks."



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