A Melbourne family has been left devastated after their four dogs were poisoned by robbers who wanted them to be quiet in order to steal some tools.
Desiree Smith and her family were heartbroken when thieves broke into their Diamond Creek home in Melbourne’s north east on October 23.
One of the family’s cars was stolen, while Ms Smith’s son, Liam, had his car broken into, the mother told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell.
Gemma Pain (pictured) and her family were devastated to find out four of their dogs were poisoned, killing two
A Melbourne family have been left devastated after their four dogs were poisoned by robbers who wanted them to be quiet in order to steal some tools (pictured, Sadie, who died)
On Monday night, he noticed the dogs were barking aggressively and went outside to see why, before seeing someone run off in the dark.
The next morning, Ms Smith got a frantic call from her daughter, Gemma Pain, who rushed two of the dogs, Sadie and Charlotte, to the vet.
‘I raced to the vet, and they’d actually put Sadie to sleep because she wasn’t going to come through,’ Ms Smith said.
Charlotte had to have her stomach pumped, but eventually began to recover.
When Ms Smith and her daughter arrived home, they’d found out another dog had also died.
The family didn’t know Molly, the 14-year-old Jack Russel Terrier had eaten some of the poison.
‘We didn’t know she’d eaten anything,’ she said.
‘We lost two dogs. Sadie was a big special greyhound, so she was a great big gentle giant. The other one was a little old jack russel, 14 years old. It’s beyond evil. Beyond evil.’
Ms Smith got a frantic call from her daughter, Gemma Pain, who rushed two of the dogs, Sadie and Charlotte, to the vet
Ms Smith said the family believes that the thieves were after his work tools and kept coming to collect new ones every time he’d replaced them.
‘I feel like my heart is never going to stop aching I don’t know how you get through this I feel like our family has been ripped apart,’ she posted to Facebook.
‘How dare they steal from innocent people but even worse kill beautiful harmless animals?’
Ms Pain also posted a tribute to the dogs on Facebook, saying: ‘My life will never feel whole again.’
‘The way you and Molly left this world was cruel and gruesome,’ she said.
When Ms Smith and her daughter arrived home, they’d found out another dog had also died (pictured Sadie, and Molly)