ON August 11, Rosemary Lotstra’s partner John and her nine-year-old granddaughter took Rosemary’s beloved 13-year-old Shih Tzu/Maltese cross Sam out for a walk.
Walking through a path connecting Blue Gum Place and Park Road, the pair came across a Bull Mastiff, and 36-hours later Sam would be dead despite the best efforts of Murdoch Veterinary Hospital surgeons after being torn apart by the Mastiff in a savage, unprovoked attack.
It has shattered Rosemary’s world, and it is not the first time the Bull Mastiff has attacked another dog.
She has paid $16,000 in vet bills, something she said was a small price to pay in an attempt to save Sam’s life – she would have sold the house if she needed to.
However the attack has had a far more consequential impact, leaving her granddaughter traumatised.
Rosemary is not sure when she will see her granddaughter again as the attack has fractured her relationship with her son.
However she is incensed that the Bull Mastiff, which was impounded by Shire of Mundaring rangers on August 11, may not be put down and is calling on the Shire of Mundaring to take action.
“Even when a dog is declared dangerous, it still gets to go home,” she said.
“Sam can’t come home, he’s never coming home.
“All we want is this dog to be destroyed.
However the situation is not as clear cut as that.
The owner of the dog, Ernest Ian Brown, was laid to rest on August 9.
Echo News went to the home of the former owner in an effort to speak to a relative however none of the six people present were willing to talk.
Mundaring Shire is investigating and confirmed the Bull Mastiff had attacked another dog in 2016, however a formal complaint was not lodged.
Ms Lotstra said she had heard anecdotal reports the dog has been involved in at least two other, unreported attacks.
A Shire spokesperson said possible consequences include prosecution of the person responsible for the dog and the dog being declared dangerous, and/or the dog being humanely euthanized.
There is only one outcome Ms Lotstra is interested in.
“All we want is this dog put down,” she said.
“They can get their dog back, we can’t.
“He was our world and he’s not coming home.”