Who's the madman trying to kill our pets?
By FRANK WILKIE IT is feared a criminally insane, intolerant and apparently illiterate dog killer calling himself "The Dog Terminator" is on the loose.
At least two families in a Sunrise Beach neighborhood have received letters threatening to kill their pets for barking.
"Every dog will die in Sunrise" declared one handwritten note received by Orcades Street school teacher and mother of two Sheree Bell, whose shih-tzu puppy Lucky died in convulsions on April 4.
Hospitality trainer Andrew Mahony, who lives 50 metres away in Newfield Street, found a letter in his mailbox on April 14, Good Friday, telling him his dog Woofie would die and he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
The computer-generated note on A4 paper was signed "The Dog Terminator".
"If someone has a problem with my dog, they can just have a quiet word and I'll put him around the back, but this is a bit extreme," Mr Mahony said.
The Bell family had similar hand-written and computer-generated letters on A4 paper dropped in their mailbox three weeks ago threatening to kill their dogs, Pebbles and her pup Lucky.
Mrs Bell said the two shih-tzus had been unsettled and barking frequently after Pebbles was nearly devoured by a 2.5m python in the backyard last month.
She put both dogs into a barking control program on March 30.
Lucky began convulsing and losing control of her limbs on April 1 and died on April 4.
Mrs Bell, a school teacher at Matthew Flinders College, said the first trip to the vet was inconclusive.
"We thought she may have been baited, but the vet thought it was a brain injury," Mrs Bell said.
"The vet wanted to put her down but we brought her home so the two kids could have photos taken with her first.
"It's been a very traumatic few weeks."
The Bells' home and car were also attacked with eggs and rocks on April 7.
Mr Mahony and Mrs Bell took their concerns to the Noosa police on Tuesday.
Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Steve McReight, said the police had the threatening letters, characterised by childlike spelling and grammar, and statements from the residents, but no hard evidence that pointed to a suspect.
A neighbour has reported seeing a man leaning over Mr Mahony's fence last week, pointing to the dog and making throat-slitting motions.
The man was described as having silver/grey wavy hair, short build, aged about 50, and wearing blue work stubbies.
Mrs Bell wondered if a personal death threat she received on her answering machine and reported to Noosa police in January might be linked to the current harassment.
"I've been assured by the police they have a suspect for the phone death threat but haven't got around to interviewing them yet," Mrs Bell said.
Snr Sgt McReight said he was unable to confirm or deny whether the letters and phone message were linked.