Worried dog owner believes pet was stolen and beat up
A LOWOOD mother is determined to figure out who abducted and bashed her two-year-old dog, Enzo.
Mum of two Samantha Partridge thought nothing of it when she heard a vehicle pull up outside her house, then drive off.
It wasn't until she noticed her gate had been opened that she realised something was wrong - Enzo was missing.
After a frantic search, the American staffy returned an hour later but with strangulation marks on its neck and dog fight-like injuries.
"Enzo came flying through our gate in a panic," Ms Partridge said. "He was covered in bites and cuts as well as blood that wasn't his.
"At first I thought he must have got into a scrap with another dog, but then I noticed his eyes were red and there were rope marks around his neck."
A vet later confirmed Enzo had been strangled, and that his red eyes were a result of broken blood vessels.
Ms Partridge believes someone stole and harmed her dog - and now she wants answers.
"Enzo is part of our family, he's not a nasty dog, in fact he has a real soft temperament," she said.
"It's been an upsetting experience for our family, particularly my two young children, who are very close with Enzo.
"They are worried he's going to be taken again."
Since reporting the incident on social media, Ms Partridge said other people had come forward with similar stories.
Fellow dog owner Tamara Murphy also believes her two dogs, Max, a bullmastiff cross, and Boof, a boxer, were abducted from her Esk home and harmed.
The 18-year-old said her gate, which had been latched, was open when she discovered her pets were gone
After a three-hour search, Ms Murphy found Max and Boof beaten and dumped by the side of the road on the outskirts of town.
"They had swelling and bruising and their nails had been ripped off," she said.
"These kind of abductions aren't one-offs, they're happening to dog owners all around this area."
Fernvale man Daniel Dempsey claimed his dog was stolen off its chain at home.
"I later found my dog in the area on the back of a ute, under a canopy," he wrote.
"Police told me I couldn't do anything, as the guy who took it could have said he found it and was just looking after it."
Both women said they had also reported the abductions of their dogs to police.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty there had been a lot of speculation on social media about dogs being stolen for the purpose of dog fighting, but no real proof to back it up.
"Of course, we urge anyone who has any concrete evidence that these dog fighting rings exist, to contact the RSPCA on 3426 9928," he said.