A Hazelmere family is in mourning after a dog, which they believe was deliberately let into their front yard, mauled their two Alpacas to death in a savage attack in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Nadine Callo owned the beloved family pets, Max and Shirley, for eight years and she has been left devastated after what she described as a pre-meditated and deliberate act captured on CCTV.
In the vision, a dog jumps the side fence of her Bushmead Road property at approximately 2.30am and attacks Max in a flash, leaving the animal no time to fight back.
After ravaging the animal for approximately ten minutes, the dog then goes after the other alpaca Shirley, who managed to avoid the attack for some time before being cornered and killed by the dog.
Ms Callow said she was woken before the attack by the Alpacas and her dog, Ollie, who was secured on the front patio.
“Ollie was going berzerk and my eldest daughter go up as well, so we turned on the cameras and ran them through the TV then went to the window to see what was happening,” she said.
“I could see a Toyota Landcruiser or a Hilux tray-back reversed up to our property near the corner of Central Avenue, I could see a big toolbox on it and what looked like a cage.
“My daughter said she could see a dog but I could hear the alpacas squealing so I figured they were okay.
“The vehicle drove off when we turned all the lights on and we went back to bed, Ollie had calmed down and we didn’t think there was anything wrong.”
The sight Ms Callo woke up to can only be described as brutal.
Shirley had her back end torn out and her ears ripped off, while Max sustained gruesome injuries to his neck and legs.
She said she wouldn’t let her children see what had happened to their beloved pets before they left for school.
“I’m devastated, they’ve been the kids’ pets for eight years and it’s horrible to think there’s someone out there that’s letting their dog out to do this. I think it was definitely a deliberate attack.
“I think they’ve seen an opportunity and they’ve just, I’m lost for words.”
Ms Callo’s mother Jan Green said that after seeing the footage of the attack, there was no doubt in her mind the dog used was a trained hunting dog.
“It’s a hunting dog, there’s no question,” she said.
“It knew what it was doing and for them to take off once they’ve finished is just disgusting.
“I don’t think they would know there were cameras and I wouldn’t think there would be a lot of vehicles with that many spotlights
“I mean, the dog has tried to get to little Ollie, there are blood marks all over the front fence where it has obviously tried to get in, luckily there was chicken wire over the fence so it couldn’t squeeze through.”
Ms Callo has vision of a vehicle, believed to be the same vehicle she saw reversed up to her property, with a full roof rack of spotlights driving away from the scene after cutting through bushland off Central Avenue.
City of Swan acting chief executive officer Jim Coten confirmed the City was investigating after rangers attended the scene on Thursday morning.
“To assist the investigation, the City is appealing to the public for any information regarding a Hilux or Toyota Landcruiser ute spotted near Stirling Crescent in Hazelmere in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“If anyone has any information they are asked to call the City on 9267 9267.
“Any reports or supporting evidence statements provided by witnesses improve the City’s capacity to take enforcement action against a dog owner and the likelihood of a successful outcome when the matter is pursued through the courts.
“Depending on the nature of the attack, owners can be fined anywhere from between $200 to $10,000 in Court.”
RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said she was deeply shocked and saddened by the attack.
“This is an aggressive dog that was unrestrained, and that’s very worrying,” she said.
“These Alpacas were someone’s much loved family pets, and should have been safe in the grounds of their own home.
“It’s upsetting to imagine the pain and suffering they would have endured throughout this attack.
“We know from the vision that there were vehicles in the area at the time of the attack, so if anybody who passed the area on that night recalls seeing or hearing something around that time, please pass that information on to us via our Cruelty Hotline.
“We’d also appreciate if local businesses could review their CCTV footage from the night of the incident and notify us if they see something out of the ordinary.”
Echo News has included CCTV vision of the attack, which starts one minute and 15 seconds into the footage below, and the vehicle believed to have been involved, obtained from Ms Callo.
We wish to advise some viewers may find the video confronting.
By Liam Ducey