Woman 'covered in blood' after dog attack

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 16:51 23/07/2013

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A woman who routinely carried a protective stick when walking her dog never expected a dog attack so savage it would land her in hospital.

Rachel, who did not want her surname used, was walking her huntaway dog in the Christchurch suburb of Aranui last Wednesday night when she fell victim to the attack.

Just five minutes from home, she passed a property with two pitbulls tied up outside, one on a chain, the other roped to a car.

The dogs had prompted calls to dog control from herself and other residents in the past over concerns they were not securely restrained.

"I walked past the property as I always do, and they usually both nut off... but as I stepped onto the road I heard a noise.

"I turned around and this thing was just flying at us," she said.

The pitbull latched onto the back of her dog, and was "ripping him to bits".

Rachel was dragged to the ground in the attack, trying to force the dog away when it turned on her.

"I always carry a stick because there are a lot of dogs in that area, so I was hitting it with my stick."

"But this dog was just vicious, he was in for the kill," she said.

The dog scraped her face, ripped both sides of her lower lip, slashed her right hand, fractured a finger and left her "covered in blood".

An elderly woman passing by with her husband came to her aid, restraining the dog, while another passerby managed to tear it away and force it back into it's owner's yard.

After being treated by an ambulance at the scene, Rachel was taken to hospital over fears she required surgery to her face.

Instead, she believed she and her dog both "got off lightly".

Rachel was X-rayed, received stitches to her lip and sent home.

Her dog is "covered in puncture wounds" and was slowly recovering at home after a 2am emergency operation.

The pitbull has been impounded by animal control.

Rachel said she would never walk her dog in the same area again.

"I'm quite frightened now, I don't see myself going back there.

"If you keep a dog on a rope as an ornament on a car day after day they are going to become aggressive."

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