‘I can hear her screaming for her life’: Son of woman killed by dog haunted by final moments

Updated October 28, 2017 15:28:35

The son of Canberra woman Tania Klemke, who was killed by her own dog on Wednesday morning, says he has lost the most important person in his life, and cannot shake thoughts of his mother’s final moments.

Ms Klemke died in her Watson home in the early hours of Wednesday morning after her pet dog Simba attacked her and another man.

“I found out my mum had passed in a terrifying way by a dog that loved her so much,” Cody Baker said.

“All I can think about the most is the way she went.

“All I can think about is how it went down and I can hear her screaming for her life.”

Police were forced to shoot the animal dead after it attacked them as they rendered aid to Ms Klemke.

“I still can’t believe it — I’ve lost the most important person in my life, the woman that gave birth to me, the woman that made me who I am today,” Mr Baker said.

Mr Baker said he drove to the Watson home yesterday, imagining her opening the door smiling “and Simba barking with over-excitement”.

The 22-year-old said he was saving up to buy his mother a car because he “felt like [he] owed her the world”.

“The fact that she can’t watch her three kids grow and she can’t watch her grandkids grow up hurts me so much,” he said.

“She did not deserve this and she definitely didn’t f***ing deserve to go the way she did.”

The dog had been known to the ACT Government, and had attacked a person in the months leading up to Ms Klemke’s death.

Police are investigating and a report will be prepared for the ACT Coroner.

Topics: animal-attacks, human-interest, watson-2602, canberra-2600, act, australia

First posted October 28, 2017 09:12:11