Open letter: No hiding contempt for cowards
COOLANGATTA resident Linda Carmody's open letter to the Bilambil Heights woman whose dogs fatally attacked her beloved dog Fluffy in Goodwin Park
This letter first appeared in the Daily News on Saturday:
My partner Arie and I saved for 10 years for a trip to the United States. Now, our most vivid memory of that time is being woken at 3am on August 15 with the shattering news that our darling nine-year-old bichon frise Fluffy had been attacked by your dogs. He died from his injuries. Our friend Roger, who was taking care of Fluffy, was also injured in the attack.
My dogs were on their leads. You chose to release your dogs without collars, leads or any method of restraint.
When we came home in September our other dog Jet had strange anxiety and cried when he saw a similar white fluffy dog in the park.
Fluffy's vet at Tugun explained that your dogs had broken all of her legs and dislocated her hip.
They had punctured her lungs and torn her skin from her body.
I submitted an application under FOI to find out who you were. You could have left your details for me with Gold Coast City Council, or with the vet at Tweed but you chose not to. You were hiding from what you had done. I know this because after my FOI materials arrived and I called you on November 8, you were outraged and indignant that I had found out who you were. Then you hung up on me.
To our dismay, we found out that you and your dogs were responsible for an attack the week before at Tugun. You ran away and left the owner with a $1000 vet bill, and horrific injuries to her old cattle dog and her maltese terrier.
You told Roger at the time of the attack that you would pay the vet bill. You did not.
It has been necessary for me to obtain legal assistance to recover my costs from you.
Now, five months later, you have made an offer to pay in instalments after January 24, claiming your Christmas shopping prevents you from taking responsibility for what you have done to us sooner. Yet, you forced us to find money we didn't have either to pay the vet bill for Fluffy while you ran away and hid.
I am seeing a counsellor to work through my grief. She says my anguish is made worse by your callous indifference and complete lack of remorse. She is right.