‘Help me’: Owner screamed as dog stabbed to break up fight
PET owner Quinn Leighton was left screaming for help when one of his staffies was stabbed after a dramatic dogfight.
About 2.30pm Wednesday, Mr Leighton's two three-year-old staffies, Lunar and Diesel, escaped from his Pike Cres yard, ran through a park and onto Squire St.
The Toolooa resident said he managed to catch his dogs when a rottweiler, four-year-old Tui, jumped over a veranda and ran towards them.
The three dogs ended up in a vicious fight with their owners disagreeing over which dog was the initial aggressor.
Mr Leighton said Diesel jumped onto Tui to help protect Lunar, who was in a scuffle with Tui.
"I'm yelling out 'help me! Someone give me a hand!' and a neighbour from across the road comes over," Mr Leighton said.
The fight took place on Mervin Cullen's front yard, who owns the rottweiler.
Gladstone Police Sergeant Paul Griffiths said Mr Cullen stabbed one of the staffies to defend himself and his dog.
"Investigations by police at the scene did not identify any criminal or animal-cruelty-related offences and no prosecution was commenced," Sgt Griffiths said.
Mr Cullen's granddaughters Tarhlya and Tamelle Cullen said the rottweiler Tui was not aggressive.
"She is literally the most gentle, kind soul," Tamelle said.
"Tui came out to play and as she's come out to play this other dog has latched onto her.
"When my Pop has come outside he hasn't been able to help break the dogs apart."
Tamelle said Mr Cullen grabbed a kitchen knife with the intention of breaking up the fight.
"The situation obviously escalated where he needed to use more force," Tarhyla said.
Mr Leighton also described the dramatic scenes, which ended with Diesel losing significant amounts of blood.
Diesel was taken to Sun Valley Veterinary Clinic where staff found the knife had pieced his chest and a main artery.
Mr Leighton said vets initially thought Diesel could lose a leg but it's believed this is no longer the case.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said any complaints about dogs should be made to the Gladstone Regional Council.
Mr Leighton thanked residents who helped him during and after the ordeal.
"Everyone was quick to (help). I had mobile phones, water, towels for the dogs," he said.
"It was unreal. You wouldn't expect that."
Mr Leighton said he was going to approach the council for further advice.