THE Tasmanian tourist whose dog was put down after being mauled in a vicious attack in Kingscliff last week has lashed out at irresponsible dog owners.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said she was walking her dog Charlie along the main stretch of Kingscliff when two others dogs, later confirmed as a staffordshire bull terrier and a bull arab, attacked.
"They just played tug-of-war with him," she said.
She said some witnesses came to help, but it was a struggle to free her terrified terrier from the aggressive dogs and she also sustained injuries.
She said the locals then helped her take Charlie to a Cabarita vet.
Despite sending Charlie to a specialist vet on the Gold Coast, she said they had to put him down on Monday night.
"He was just so damaged inside," she said.
The visitor, who'd stayed in Kingscliff before, said the ordeal had left her and her partner traumatised.
She said they probably wouldn't return for another holiday.
"Owners just have to learn to be more responsible," she said.
"I think they should tighten up the laws.
"One dangerous dog's bad enough, but one of them went straight for his throat; the other took his other end."
With the incident having occurred in an area popular for family picnics, she was concerned dogs might not have been the only victims.
"It could have been a child," she said.
According to Tweed Shire Council, the number of reported dog attacks in Tweed has fallen significantly during the past three years, from 101 in 2011/12 to 77 in 2012/13, and down to 53 during 2013/14.
"There is still room for improvement, to enable pet owners to enjoy the benefits of having companion animals, while ensuring they co-exist harmoniously with other animals, people and the environment," Tweed mayor Barry Longland said.
"Every dog attack incident is a very stern reminder of the need for responsible pet ownership."
The dogs which attacked Charlie were destroyed after the incident and it's unclear whether any charges will be laid.