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Man knocked to ground in brutal dog attack

Isabel McGill with her father Robert McGill and his dog Maeve which was mauled by two dogs in Scotland Street. Haydn Lancaster was driving by when the attack occurred and stopped to assist Robert and Maeve. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
Isabel McGill with her father Robert McGill and his dog Maeve which was mauled by two dogs in Scotland Street. Haydn Lancaster was driving by when the attack occurred and stopped to assist Robert and Maeve. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A BUNDABERG man is calling for dogs to stay fenced in after he and his dog were knocked to the ground and brutally attacked by two dogs while out walking.

Robert McGill said it was early Monday morning when he set out on his walk to collect his wife after bootcamp when the vicious dogs struck.

He said the two large dogs almost ripped his pet staffy, Maeve, apart.

He was knocked to the ground when he tried to make the animals let her go.

Good Samaritans on their way to work saw the attack and stopped fearing Mr McGill would be hurt.

"I was walking along Scotland St, East Bundaberg, at about 5.15am when these two large dogs came running out and got hold of her (Maeve)," Mr McGill said.

"They were coming out to kill and they wouldn't stop even with me hitting them in the head and punching them in the stomach.

"I went to ground, I couldn't stop them and I ended up hitting my head and elbow on the kerb.

"It went on for three to four minutes and without the help of the men who stopped I don't know what would have happened."

Haydn Lancaster was on his way to work when he said he saw Mr McGill fall to the ground and the two dogs attacking him and his little dog.

"He was on the ground -it wasn't good, one of the dogs had the man and the other had his dog," Mr Lancaster said.

"These were vicious dogs - it wasn't good when I got to work I realised I had blood on my leg.

"I don't want to think what could have happened if we weren't there."

Mr McGill said one of the dogs had Maeve by the throat and wouldn't let go until the owner appeared and called them off.

He said he wasn't a small person and would hate to think what would have happened to a child or elderly person if it had happened to them.

"I'm six foot six and 110kg - if they had the opportunity to do this to child it would have been far worse," Mr McGill said.

He said he went to see the owner of the dogs on Monday evening.

The woman was a pensioner and offered to pay the vet bill, but Mr McGill's concern was more about leaving the dogs where they may be able to injure someone more seriously.

"The fence is only 3ft in height and had collapsed on the side and these dogs were as big as the fence," he said.

"Maeve is now on antibiotics which cost $290 because the dog's teeth went right in.

"And if that doesn't work the vet said she will have to have an operation to put drainage tubes in and that will cost about $1000."

Mr McGill's daughter Isabel said she was upset to see her father and pet return home covered in blood after the attack.

"When I came out of my room there was blood everywhere and she wasn't moving," Isabel said.

"I think dad was in shock as well because you never expect to get attacked by dogs."

Mr McGill said he had reported the attack to the Bundaberg Regional Council yesterday and hoped something would be done about changing the rules to dog ownership.

"People shouldn't be able to have these large dogs without the proper fencing to contain them," he said.

A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesman said it was now calling on all dog owners to ensure their animals were securely enclosed within their owner's property in the wake of another dog attack in which a man was allegedly injured.

It is currently investigating the circumstances of the alleged attack.

Dog owner is remorseful 

THE dog owner Susan Lutz said she was remorseful about what had happened to the man who was attacked.

She said she owned one of the dogs and had taken the other in for a man who had become homeless.

"I don't know what to do," she said.

"A man became homeless so I took the dog in.

"I am stretched for money as it is and have fixed the part of the fence which was down."

Miss Lutz said she had been living at the property for three months and the dogs had never escaped before and this was the first instance they had shown any aggression.

"I was woken by the fight on Monday but I'm not sure why they did it this time," she said.

"It may have been because he had a dog with him."

She said she had children also living at the property and had moved the dogs away from the front fence in hope they wouldn't be able to attack again.

"I have them on the veranda now, but I don't know what else I can do," Miss Lutz said.

Topics:  bundabeg dog laws



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