Tributes Flow For Therapy Alpaca Fatally Mauled By Dog

Two Alpacas who have been cheering up patients at mental health units and hospices in Canberra for years were allegedly attacked by a vicious dog.

Owner Nils Lantzke was walking his alpacas Mimosa and Hercules along a bike path in Giralang at about 6.45pm on Tuesday night when he was approached by a young man and his "black staffy" dog. 

The man allegedly ignored repeated requests for him to keep the dog away from the frightened alpacas -- before the pet pounced.

"He attacked Hercules first, the white boy, and Hercules went into classic attack position on his hind legs, to attack the dog, but the dog left him and attacked Mimosa, a tiny little girl," Lantzke told ABC Radio Canberra.

Lantzke said Mimose broke both her legs in the attack.

Therapy Alpaca's all dressed up and ready to heal IMAGE: Alpaca Therapy via Facebook

"Mimosa tried to get home, she nearly made it, but when we found her she was lying on the grass, with a deep wound in her leg," Mr Lantzke said.

Sadly the Alpaca couldn't be saved, she was euthanised and her body taken to a friend's farm on Wednesday morning to be buried.

Thankfully Hercules was spared from harm.

The devastated owner is now demanding answers.

Alpaca Therapy has called for anyone with any information to come forward.

Heartbroken patients and locals have flooded the groups Facebook page with photos condolences and memories.

IMAGE: Facebook/Alpaca Therapy
IMAGE: Facebook/Alpaca Therapy

An investigation has been launched into the attack.

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If anyone has any information on the attack or the dog or the owner, call Domestic Animal Services on 13 22 81 and call 000 if the attack is happening at the time