Shattered pet owner recalls the heartbreaking moment her bulldog named Roxy died in her arms on Christmas Day after being BAITED
- Katy Fraser’s dog Roxy was baited moments before lunch on Christmas Day
- Ms Fraser said her daughter came in screaming once she found the bulldog
- Roxy was foaming at the mouth and she became swollen following the baiting
- The Sunshine Coast woman said she is determined to find the culprit
The devastated owner of a bulldog named Roxy said her family have lost their protector after the 11-year-old animal was viciously baited moments before Christmas Day lunch.
Katy Fraser and her daughter were preparing to leave their Palmwood home, in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, to go to a Christmas lunch on Wednesday.
Roxy and fellow bulldog Izzy are afraid of thunderstorms, which were forecast for later that day, so Ms Fraser let them outside for a while before being locked in.
Izzy bolted outside at ‘100 miles per hour’ and was back in a heartbeat but her best friend that would normally be in tow was nowhere to be found.
Roxy was baited moments before her owner Katy Fraser and her daughter left for lunch on Christmas Day
Ms Fraser sent her daughter to investigate after the 11-year-old bulldog had been gone for 15 minutes as she feared she had left the gate opened.
What her daughter found was much worse than the mother-of-two ever imagined.
Roxy had been baited.
‘Everyone in Palmwood knows my dogs,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘If someone was going to try and hurt me, [baiting them] would be the thing to do.
‘My daughter just came back inside screaming that she had found Roxy and there was something wrong.’
Ms Fraser rushed downstairs to find Roxy laying on the ground as she began to swell while her shoulders and abdomen was rock hard.
‘At first I thought she was choking so I opened her mouth to get it out but there was nothing there so I called the vet,’ she said.
The vet told Ms Fraser to ‘get here now’ so she could evaluate what had happened to Roxy.
The bulldog started to foam at the mouth before they had time to get to the car at which point Ms Fraser realised what had happened.
Ms Fraser said she felt helpless watching Roxy swell, foam at the mouth and die after she had been baited
‘I remember shouting: “she’s been baited, she’s been baited”,’ she said.
‘I tried everything but all I could do was sit there with her. It was like trying to help someone in a car accident and not being able to do anything as they die in front of you.’
Ms Fraser said two vets confirmed Roxy’s symptoms were consistent with an animal being baited.
She is heartbroken about the tragic loss of Roxy and is determined to find the culprit.
Ms Fraser said everyone knew her two bulldogs Roxy, who she described as an ‘old girl’ and Izzy
‘I just feel like – why would anyone bait an old girl? It just doesn’t make sense. She was part of us.’
She said the family have lost their protector.
Ms Fraser said the year had been extremely hard for the family after her mother passed away from brain cancer in November.
Her daughter also had to have surgery that didn’t go completely to plan.
Ms Fraser’s mother’s labradoodle Ali also died on Christmas Day in 2018 after he was bitten by a snake.
She said the attack has been reported to the police, the local vet and the RSPCA.