A FERNVALE family were left in a state of shock after their beloved family dog was attacked leaving it blind in one eye.
Louise Oakden is searching for witnesses to the attack of Fritzi, a six-year-old Pomeranian, who was believed to have been struck by a blunt object.
The severity of the injury forced vets at Booval Veterinarian Hospital to remove his right eye.
Mrs Oakden wants to know who would perform such an act of cruelty to such an adorable pooch.
The Oakden family were home on Friday afternoon when she let Fritzi into the fenced front yard.
Within five minutes the lovable pooch was returned into the home, to the screams of Mrs Oakden's 14-year-old daughter.
Fritzi's eye was out of its socket.
She was horrified by what confronted her.
"His eye was the size of a golf ball and it was pouring out blood," she said.
She rushed him to Booval Veterinarian Hospital.
At first it looked like vets may have been able to save his eye, but the injury was too serious.
Veterinarian Craig Render said Fritzi's injuries were horrendous.
"He had suffered some significant trauma to its head which caused the eye to pop out," he said.
Dr Render said fortunately, it was rare for a dog to suffer from such extreme injuries.
He said the cause of the injuries were unknown and differed to those sustained by dogs who have been hit by a car.
The seriousness of Fritzi's injuries had come as a shock to the Oakden family, he said.
"They consider pets to be part of their family. That a level of trauma was pretty shocking and nobody likes to see it."
Mrs Oakden said her children should not have had to see their family pet suffering from significant injuries.
"My kids are 14 and 11; they were so traumatised by it. To think you could live in a small community like Fernvale and this could happen."
Since the weekend, Fritzi has coped well but still shown signs of suffering from the ordeal.
"He won't go far on his own at the moment and he's not coping to well in the dark."
Mrs Oakden has reported the incident to police and the RSPCA.
"I want justice for him. I feel sick that someone in my area has done this to him."
To report animal cruelty, contact the RSCPA on 3426 9999.