Chloe's terrible ordeal
AS Rockhampton retiree Joy Walsh tried to rescue her silky terrier from the snarling jaws of a large black dog she stumbled and fell to the ground.
Looking up into the face of her pet's attacker she saw its eyes fix upon her.
She suddenly feared for her life.
But the dog ignored Joy, and clamped down on her 10-year-old pet, Chloe, flinging her like a rag doll as it shook its head from side to side.
The terrifying Easter weekend ordeal left Chloe bloodied and bruised, and Joy with a knee injury that may plague her for the rest of her life.
But Joy said she felt lucky they were both alive.
The resident of Oak Tree Retirement Village on Glenmore Road said she was tired of large animals prowling nearby streets her and other elderly and frail retirees must walk to stay alive.
“We have to walk to stay healthy and fit,” Joy explained.
“But there are so many large dogs that roam the streets or are kept in houses with gates open.
“One elderly man was bitten by a small dog when he was walking.
“But it's usually the bigger ones.”
Joy and Chloe have finally returned to their daily walks, but they are both still afraid.
“Chloe is still very wary, the first couple of times I took her out she shivered the whole time,” Joy said.
“I was terrified and I still am a little bit.”
Despite contacting Rockhampton Regional Council for help, Joy said she did not feel safe without a large stick.
“The council were helpful, they said they would step up their patrol in the area,” she said.
“But I often have to beat the dogs off with a stick.”
Council's most recent statistics state 52 people reported dog attacks on animals and people in March.
The reports included people who felt threatened by roaming dogs.
Council picked up 436 dogs and cats found wandering the streets in March.
They said they were forced to euthanise 121 of the animals.