AFTER a lengthy house bound stint because of a broken leg, Petra Lovett was just starting to venture outside to enjoy the company of her two pet sheep.
Her recovery took a backward step this week, however, when two roaming dogs snuck onto her property and viciously mauled her livestock.
The attack left her Persian sheep, Yossi, with horrific injuries that turned out to be fatal, while her Damara sheep, Robbie, has gone missing and she is unsure if he will ever return.
A heartbroken Ms Lovett said her sheep were her best friends.
"I don't have any children so my animals are my babies," she said.
"This is a huge step back in my recovery. On Sunday I actually did get out of the house for the first time since January to give them a pat."
It was about 10am on Tuesday morning when Ms Lovett noticed one of the domestic staffy-crosses chasing one of her chickens around the yard.
Unable to move without her walking frame, she called out to her friend, Ian Dedman, who ran down and corralled the dogs into a corner.
At that point, nobody realised how badly Yossi had been mauled.
Both his ears were ripped off, his face was eaten away, the tendons in his hind legs were gone and he had bite marks all over his body.
"He was bleeding heavily from the mouth, which would suggest massive internal injuries," Ms Lovett said.
A vet was called, but the sheep died from its injuries before they arrived.
Mr Dedman buried Yossi on Ms Lovett's Sadliers Crossing property on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the search for Robbie continues.
Nobody knows if he was mauled before he ran off.
Ipswich City Council has seized the two dogs involved, which are believed to have lived in the local area.
Council said an investigation was under way.
Ms Lovett is appealing for anyone who sees Robbie to call her on 0466 901 920.
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