Dog attack leaves woman shaken and afraid

Dianne Whiteman said owners need to control their dogs, or someone could get seriously hurt. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEA VICIOUS dog attack during an early morning walk has left a Grangewood resident shaken and afraid.
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Dianne Whiteman and a friend were walking through Grangewood and Delroy Park about 5.30am on Wednesday, when two large dogs “just came out at us, snarling and growling”.

The dogs circled the two women once, before the larger animal lunged at Dianne, latching onto the arm she threw up to protect her face.

“We’re yelling and screaming at them saying ‘go on! Get home!’ And next the larger one actually grabbed me on the arm,” she said.

“[I] gave it a bit of a shake, it backed off, snarled and growled at us then they went back to the house.

“I heard someone call their names, [but they] never came out to say ‘are you OK?’ or anything. I just thought, all the noise…but nobody even poked their head out.”

Nursing four deep puncture wounds from where the dog’s canines sank into her forearm, Dianne walked herself home.

“It was [terrifying]. I just couldn’t believe the way that they came at us,” Dianne said.

“It was just the suddenness of the way they came at us, just so vicious.”

Dianne said the pressure of the dog’s jaw had been so great, she initially thought her arm was broken. She went to hospital, where she was bandaged up and given a tetanus shot and antibiotics to ward off infection.

The attack was reported to Dubbo City Council rangers, and manager environmental control Debbie Archer said an investigation was under way.

While Dianne’s physical wounds would soon heal, she feared the situation could have been a lot worse.

“There is an older lady walks there, and fairly frail with a little dog. Imagine what the skin, [the teeth] would have just torn it away,” Dianne said.

“And in that area you see a lot of little fellas getting off the school buses and that.

“Please, owners, just please do something about the violent dogs. Make sure they lock them up, tie them up – whatever needs to be done.”

“Our rangers are undertaking an investigation and the appropriate action will be taken based on the circumstances,” Ms Archer said.

Dianne Whiteman

While she couldn’t comment on the specific case, Ms Archer said rangers usually seize the animal until “we know they can be secured”.

“The owners [generally] have an opportunity to surrender the animal or council may issue a number of different orders – such as a dangerous dog declaration – requiring the animal be kept in a certain way,” she said.

“There are more people out at this time of year so keep your dogs secure. There are fines for not having your dogs secure and it is every pet owner’s responsibility to keep their animals secure and not having it be a danger to the public.”

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