An animal lover whose two labradors died at the weekend after eating poisoned chicken suspected to have been left by the Mid-Levels dog poisoner has described the devastation felt by her family. 'They were so beautiful and so loved,' the woman said yesterday. 'They were not just dogs, they were a very important part of our family. People thought they were our two babies - which they were.' She and her husband and their three teenage children had raised the labradors, a brother and a sister, since they were pups. 'It was a malicious and terrible thing to do. It took six hours for them to die, in a most horrendous way. It was one of the most horrible experiences I have had to go through,' she said through tears. The poisonings, believed to have been committed by one person, stretch back to 1989 and have centred on an area around Bowen Road, Black's Link and Holland Road. Four dogs died between Saturday and Monday and at least five others known to have eaten the meat survived. The three-year-old labradors were on their Sunday afternoon walk when they ran into bushes. When they did not return after a few minutes the woman said she looked for the pair and found them 'nearly dead'. The 40kg dogs were stabilised by vets at the Ark Veterinary Clinic in Robinson Road but died six hours later. 'It is devastating to my family and to so many people who knew our dogs. I would like the culprit to know how many lives are hurting. There is so much pain and this is happening near Christmas.' She said police should do more to catch the suspect. 'It is almost getting out of hand. It's gone too far and for too long.' A police spokesman said: 'Additional patrols will be conducted at the footpaths. However, due to operational reasons, we may not be able to disclose the details.' Anyone with information on the incidents should call police on 2859 8519.