Gloria Holland watched as three dogs tore at her mum, Sally Holland, as she lay in the sand at Collingwood Beach.
It was just after 7am on Sunday, March 29, and Gloria was to meet up with her 91-year-old mother, who was on her regular morning walk on her beloved beach.
Ms Holland, badly injured in the attack, has made an at times emotional plea to anyone with information about the dogs to assist police in their investigation into the horrific attack to come forward.
"My mum was not a doddery old lady," she said.
"She was a telehealth volunteer, she was a Probus member, she was president of the Huskisson Hall committee.
"I'm angry, I'm very angry. Her cause of death was multiple lacerations due to dog bite. She had no underlying medical conditions, she wasn't ill, she was in better health than me.
"The beach was her sanctuary - every morning by 6.30am she was out the door for a walk and a swim."
Ms Holland was on her way to meet her mum for one of their regular walks on the beach when she saw three dogs tearing at something in the sand.
"They'd rip at it, and prance around pleased with themselves," she said.
Frustrated that the dogs weren't on a leash or under the control of an owner, Ms Holland continued to walk down the beach.
"I was about 40 metres away and people were shouting - I thought they were shouting for the dolphins in the bay, which we all love seeing," she said.
"I kept on walking. The next thing I was surrounded by this pack of animals. All of them had bared teeth, blood around their mouths and skin in their teeth
"The dogs were like torpedoes - it's like trying to hit a brick wall, you do more damage to yourself.
"They pounced on me and got me down. I thought 'you're not going to get me you effers'."
Ms Holland managed to beat the dogs off, but sustained serious injuries during the attack.
"That's when I saw my mum," she said. "They were running back and tearing at her, prancing around and having a grand old time.
"I tried to go back for her and they came for me again. Then they went back to my mum."
Onlookers pulled Ms Holland away.
"I wanted to get down there and protect her and I couldn't," she said.
"I was screaming for my mum and she must have known I was there because she lifted her arm as if to say 'I'm alive, I'm here, I hear you'.
"Then her arm went down, and that's the last action I ever saw of my mother."
Ms Holland urged anyone with information to come forward.
"The piece of information you have could be the vital link that links everything else together. If you're not going to do it for my mum, do it for the rest of the community."
Police have set up Strike Force Beaks to investigate. If you have any information, or previous contact with the dogs, please contact Nowra Detectives on (02) 4421 9699 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
The dogs have since been seized and destroyed.