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Beloved dog dies from suspected deliberate poisoning

POISONED AT HOME: Crystal Latham is mourning the loss of the family pet Ozzy and warns other pet owners to watch for any symptoms in their dogs or anything suspicious in their yard.
POISONED AT HOME: Crystal Latham is mourning the loss of the family pet Ozzy and warns other pet owners to watch for any symptoms in their dogs or anything suspicious in their yard. Supplied

TWO east Mackay children have been left devastated after their beloved pet Ozzy died from poisoning in an apparent wicked act.

Their distressed mother Crystal Latham said Ozzy, a five-year-old bull terrier, had a wonderful friendly personality and would be irreplaceable in the family following his horrible death this week from suspected deliberate poisoning.

She said blood tests taken by a veterinarian ruled out snake bite and revealed Ozzy's system had been poisoned.

Ms Latham said Ozzy was kept securely fenced in the yard of their Marsh St home and had not been a dog who caused annoyance by barking or getting out.

"He is a valued member of our family. A most beautiful and amazing dog who grew up with our children," she said.

"He is definitely one of a kind and would never hurt anyone. And was the biggest sook you would ever come across."

Ms Latham said it had been awful for her children aged 10 and seven to have been home on school holidays and to have seen Ozzy suffering and at his worst.

The family quickly took Ozzy to a Mackay veterinarian but he was extremely ill and suffering, and died Wednesday.

Ms Latham said the dog had lost feeling in his legs and was nearly paralysed when taken to the surgery.

"Whatever it was it was extremely fast-acting," Ms Latham said.

"It's disgusting and very heartbreaking." A search of their yard failed to find anything suspicious.

She is warning other animal owners to be careful with their pets after the motiveless crime, saying the family can come up with no reason as to why anyone would deliberately poison their pet.

The family has not received any complaints about Ozzy or their other dog named Dodge.

Mataya Suhle, a nurse at Valley Veterinary Surgery said it dealt with some suspected cases of poisoning last year but they were hard to prove.

The owner in one case had been positive his dog was baited. In another suspected case the dog had not been tested afterwards.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Mackay police.

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