LOLA Hornburg is still nursing the physical scars of a dog attack in her own yard, but it's the loss of her best mate and the overwhelming vet bills that will hurt her most.
The old-age pensioner was set upon by two stray dogs last Wednesday afternoon, after trying to save the life of her six-year-old maltese dog, Tiny.
It was thought two larger dogs had somehow jumped a neighbour's fence to get into Mrs Hornburg's Riverview property, where they set upon poor Tiny.
"A lady rang me last Wednesday about 5pm to tell me there were two dogs on the loose in my yard," Mrs Hornburg said.
"By the time I got outside they had Tiny in their mouths and they were pulling him in opposite directions like a game of tug-o-war.
"I was throwing bricks at them to try to make them let him go."
In the end, it was a neighbour who came to Mrs Hornburg's aid, separating the dogs, but not before Tiny received some pretty horrific injuries.
Mrs Hornburg also received injuries to both feet and her left hand. She was taken to hospital for treatment but released later in the evening.
Tiny was taken to the vet and underwent surgery, but he succombed to his injuries on Friday morning.
"He didn't have a hope in hell against those two dogs," she said.
"He was absolutely squealing in pain and there wasn't anything I could do.
"Tiny was a beautiful little dog. I had him for nearly six years and he left a footprint on the hearts of everyone who ever met him."
Mrs Hornburg is still not sure of how she will pay for her vet bills, which now total $2000.
She has not heard from the owners of the dogs involved since the incident.
Ipswich City Council has seized the animals from a Riverview address and is investigating the circumstances of the attack.
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