Locals use IRON BAR in savage dog attack as vet demands American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terriers ban
A devastated Sydney vet begs for a ban on killer dog breeds after two women are ripped apart by a giant American pit bull, reportedly the size of a miniature pony.
Desperate neighbors beat the ferocious dog with an iron bar and stabbed him to stop the frenzied attack on his female owner in a rural house south of Sydney.
The dog’s 54-year-old owner was found with serious bite marks when paramedics arrived at her home at the Pheasant’s Nest in the Macarthur region Friday morning.
The powerful American Staffordshire terrier, who reportedly weighs more than 80 kg, had torn herself on her face during the horrific attack, locals said on Sunday.
The woman’s daughter and two neighbors rushed to help, but the dog then turned on them, tore the second woman, ripped her flesh from the bone, and snapped at a man who was trying to save them.
A devastated Sydney vet pleads for a ban on killer dog breeds after two women are torn apart by a giant American pit bull the size of a miniature pony (photo, medics work on the victims on site)
Desperate rescuers beat and stabbed the ferocious dog with an iron bar to stop the frenzied attack on his female owner in a rural house south of Sydney. (Pictured, a stock photo of an American Pit Bull Terrier)
Emergency services found the two seriously injured women, aged 54 and 20, at the house in the Pheasant’s Nest when they arrived. The man escaped with minor injuries.
“It’s such a big dog,” neighbor Rosel Szumski told the Daily Mail Australia.
“They shouldn’t have had that dog at all.”
Local Anthony Dennis heard emergency sirens flock to the scene before seeing the medical helicopter land on the property.
“The worst attack was on the elderly woman with facial injuries and they flew her to a hospital in Sydney,” he said.
A 54-year-old woman was flown to hospital Friday morning after a horrific dog attack in the Macarthur region of Pheasants Nest.
Leading veterinarian Dr. Sam Kovac, 32, (pictured) begs authorities to ban the breed before anyone else is killed or mauled
“While they were trying to get the dog off that woman, someone hit the dog with a metal bar. It must have been a harrowing incident for everyone.’
He added: ‘My wife had recently walked by the property and they were quite excited dogs. Many people have hunting dogs here.
“I don’t know if this dog was, but any breed that is territorial and can seriously injure people should not be in a family home.”
Friday’s attack comes just two months after a deadly attack on the Central Coast in July when a five-week-old baby was beaten to death by another pit bull.
Veterinarian Sam Kovac (pictured) insists he doesn’t want existing American Staffordshire terriers to be euthanized — but wants an immediate ban on selling, breeding, importing or relocating the breed
The woman’s daughter and a neighbor rushed to help, but the dog then turned on them, robbed the second woman, ripped her flesh from the bone, and snapped at the man trying to save them (pictured, medics working on the victims on the spot)
Now Sydney’s leading veterinarian, Dr. Sam Kovac, 32, orders authorities to ban the breed before killing or mauling anyone else.
He emphasizes that he does not want existing American Staffordshire terriers to be euthanized, but that he wants an immediate ban on selling, breeding, importing or relocating the breed.
“This latest attack is just a repeat of history,” he told the Daily Mail Australia on Sunday. “Usually they won’t be murderers.
“But when you’re dealing with such a powerful breed that was bred to fight and kill when they really want to do this, there’s nothing anyone can do to fend them off.
“They shouldn’t be bred in this country.”
Veterinarian Sam Kovac said he spoke out in hopes of bringing about change in July, but his calls for a ban on the breed fell on deaf ears (pictured, a stock photo of an American Staffordshire terrier)
He said he had been criticized for calling for a ban on the breed after speaking out following the July toddler tragedy in Kariong, but the latest incident had strengthened his opinion.
“Ninety percent of the time it’s fine,” he admitted.
“But in that very small percentage, if they decide they want to kill a baby or a human like this horrible case where they were mauled to the bone, no one can stop them.”
“Just looked online and there are literally hundreds of puppies for sale on Gumtree for American Staffordshire Terriers. The rescue shelters are also full of them.
“Some of them go to people who don’t know how to train them and will care for this very lavishly powerful breed – and encourage some of their bad character traits.
Veterinarian Sam Kovacs said if an American pit bull terrier (pictured) decides to do what it was bred to do, guard or kill, the outcome could be disastrous.
“If they decide to do what they were bred to do, which is guard or kill, the outcome could be disastrous.”
Dr Kovac, owner of Corgi, which runs three Southern Vet Clinics in Sydney, said he spoke out in hopes of bringing about change in July, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
“Nobody has officially contacted me about it,” he said. “But I really think it would be good to have a nationwide open conversation about these breeds.
A heroic neighbor of the victims, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said she had just pulled into her driveway on Friday morning when she heard calls for help and saw a woman mauled by the dog in their front yard.
She said she didn’t believe her actions were heroic, but instead saw someone in danger who needed help.
“My neighbor’s daughter tried to stab the dog with a knife, I tried to kick the dog, but it was stuck to her thigh,” the woman told The Sunday Telegraph.
“The bite was to the bone, I could see the tendons.”
The neighbor searched for a snake, but instead grabbed a knife to try and cut the vicious dog’s throat, thinking it was the only way to stop the attack.
The woman described the dog as “the size of a miniature pony and between 80 and 100 kg.”
Using the knife was enough for the neighbor to take the dog away from the 54-year-old victim and call for help.
A resident who drove past the house saw what was happening and quickly called triple-zero.
The brave neighbor and injured daughter managed to drag the older victim to another side of the fence and put her down, fearing the dog would come back soon and kill them.
“I took all the towels off the line to tourniquet her leg, that wound on her leg man…and the wound on her neck was so bad I thought, ‘I don’t want to see her die,'” she said.
The neighbor said that while the victim’s daughter had deep cuts to her leg, she was more concerned about her mother.
Wollondilly Shire Council confirmed a ranger had been sent to the address and detained the dog
A female police officer later arrived at the scene and the neighbor yelled, “Don’t come in, there’s a dog that’s crazy, shoot it.”
The officer grabbed her gun and walked back, but the dog never came back.
An ambulance inspector arrived shortly afterwards and treated the injuries of the victims.
The 54-year-old woman was flown to hospital in Liverpool, while her daughter was taken to hospital shortly after.
Wollondilly Shire Council confirmed a ranger had been sent to the address and held the dog.
The municipality said in a statement that the owner had authorized the slaughter of the dog because of the extreme of the attack.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Gavin Wood described the scene as ‘confrontational’.
“Both women suffered horrific bite marks over large areas of their bodies and were taken to hospital in serious condition,” he said.
“It was a confrontational scene, but paramedics did a fantastic job treating the injured patients before they were taken to hospital.”