FERAL DOGS: Luke Samways with his Alpaca named Cleopatra, sister to Jet, who was mauled to death by two Malamute dogs. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
FERAL DOGS: Luke Samways with his Alpaca named Cleopatra, sister to Jet, who was mauled to death by two Malamute dogs. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Two malamutes break in and maul baby alpaca

IMAGINE waking up to the sound of your loved one screaming for help as they watch a family pet being mauled to death.

This is the living nightmare faced by a Branyan family as they mourn the loss of their baby alpaca Jet.

It was 5.15am on Friday, her husband and two kids were asleep as Angela Samways woke to feed the family's eight alpacas.

But as she walked outside, to her horror she saw they were already in company.

Two malamute dogs had broken into the fenced yard and rounded up the alpacas, attacking the baby first then moving to take their next victim.

Luke Samways said his wife began screaming for help as she attempted to ward away the rogue animals.

He said his wife became fearful for her own life.

"In her words, they were in 'kill mode'," Mr Samways said.

With the two dogs fleeing the property Mrs Samways rushed to Jet's side as her husband arrived at the scene.

He said his wife left him to assist the injured animal as she rushed to phone the vet - but it was too late.

Mr Samways said he felt the baby alpaca leave them as he held it in his arms.

He said following an investigation by a Bundaberg Pound dog catcher the two malamutes were found to be pets who escaped from a property in Bundaberg West.

Bundaberg Regional Council Health and Regulatory Services spokesman Wayne Honor said the dogs had been released from the pound.

"And returned to their owner after they agreed they were dangerous dogs," he said.

Cr Honor said the owners' fence had to be upgraded, "dangerous dog" signs installed and the animals muzzled if taken in public.

And with no contact by, or apology from, the dog's owners, Mr Samways said he would consider legal action for compensation of the $1300 pet, which has been purchased only three weeks earlier.



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