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Therapy alpaca killed in violent dog attack as owner watches

Courier Mail 2019-03-14 09:19:00

A Canberra dog owner allegedly allowed their pet to maul a therapy alpaca so badly it had to be put down.

Nils Lantzke was walking his two alpacas, Mimosa and Hercules, in Giralang just before 7pm on Tuesday when they encountered a man walking his black staffy off lead.

The alpacas were part of a group called Alpaca Therapy that has provided support for people in mental health units and hospices for the past 15 years.

When Mr Lantzke saw the dog approaching he asked the owner to keep it away.

The man reportedly ignored his request and continued approaching until his dog started attacking Hercules, the large male alpaca.

media_cameraMimosa was so badly injured she had to be put down. Picture: Alpaca Therapy

Mr Lantzke told the ABC he was screaming at the owner to stop his dog, but instead of trying to help, the man reportedly started filming the sickening attack.

“He attacked Hercules first, the white boy, and Hercules went into classic attack position on his hind legs to attack the dog, but the dog left him and attacked Mimosa, a tiny little girl,” he said.

“And the dog just went to town on her.”

In an effort to help Mimosa, Mr Lantzke grabbed a stick and started hitting the dog, hoping to stop the attack.

This reportedly made the owner angry.

The attack was so violent Mr Lantzke’s friend, who was holding Mimosa’s lead, was forced to let go so she wasn’t attacked as well.

media_cameraThe other alpaca, Hercules, appeared to be uninjured. Picture: Alpaca Therapy

The dog reportedly chased the frightened alpaca up the street, and when they finally found her, she was lying in pain on the grass.

Both of her front legs had been broken, with one leg being bitten to the bone.

They were forced to take her to a vet to euthanise her.

Hercules came out of the attack with no visible injuries, though the owner did say he was “very sad and scared” after the event.

“If anyone sees the video of the attack, or knows the owner, please inbox me, and/or let Domestic Animal Services know,” the Alpaca Therapy page said in a Facebook post.

“As you can imagine, we are extremely devastated, especially dad Nils who was walking the alpacas.

“You will be missed Princess Mimosa.”

Despite the traumatic event, the owner urged the public not to blame the dog or its breed for the incident.

“The owner is responsible, the dog was doing what it has been taught to do,” the post read.

Originally published as Therapy alpaca killed in dog attack

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