A dog attack in Sydney, Australia caused a man to lose one of his fingers Saturday afternoon. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the unidentified man had his hand chomped down on by a dog that belonged to his neighbor. The dog is described as a brown, male Staffordshire Terrier. The actual dog from the attack is pictured above.
The man was attacked by the dog after entering his neighbor’s garden. The dog lived in there and probably got territorial. When police arrived, the terrier charged at police until one of them sprayed him with a type of pepper spray. The dog ran away “howling” after he was spritzed. Eventually council rangers were able to capture him at a street nearby.
Following the incident, the 32-year-old man was was sent to Westmead Hospital, where he is receiving treatment and having his finger re-attached.
An investigation into the dog attack is being carried out by local authorities. It’s unknown what will happen to the dog. An NSW Police spokeswoman says it’s probable that the dog is in the council pound.
“We’re only investigating the attack. What happens to the dog now is up to the local council and its owner.”
In a separate report at News 7, a woman who was attacked in July is pushing for stricter laws when it comes to controlling dogs. Maurren O’Sullivan was attacked by a dog that escaped through a fenced yard in the Top End.
“I turned around and this big dog just came up and without a bark or anything just bit me on the leg,” she said.
O’Sullivan required three operations after one of her injuries got infected.
“This dog attacked two people… and then menaced people for 40 minutes and had to be capsicum sprayed and they’re taking two weeks to make a decision about a dog like that. I just find that ludicrous.”
The Australian Vets Association reveals that the Northern Territory “is the only jurisdiction in Australia that does not have its own legislation covering animal management for dogs and cats.”
The City of Darwin council doesn’t feel a need to strengthen its pet registration by-laws.
Council spokeswoman Diana Leeder defends the regulations as they are, which fines up to $1,000 for a repeat attack.
This isn’t sufficient as far as O’Sullivan is concerned. She says a one-time dog attack should mean the animal is put down right away.
[Image via Yahoo 7 News]