Man critical, mum and daughter mauled by dog
A MAN is fighting for his life after being mauled by two American Staffordshire terriers at a Western Sydney house yesterday.
A 10-year-old girl was playing with one of the dogs at a Tregear home yesterday when it attacked her.
Her mother, 30, tried to protect her daughter and was also attacked. The man aged in his 40s also tried to stop the attack before he too was set upon. At some point during the attack, the second dog joined in.
The man suffered a heart attack in addition to serious cuts caused by the dog bites.
The woman, who had bite wounds to her forearm, and her daughter, who suffered a bite wound to her back, were both taken to hospital.
A police source told The Daily Telegraph the dogs simply "turned on them".
The male victim had been staying at the home and the mum and daughter were visiting him. It is understood the dog's owner arrived home after the attack. He locked the dogs in a room as emergency crews arrived.
A third dog at the home was not involved.
The man required a blood transfusion at the scene and was put into an induced coma before being taken to hospital. He remained in a critical condition last night.
The woman was released from Westmead Hospital to be with her daughter.
Kelly Wisely, 40, was sitting opposite the house when she heard screaming. "We were sitting on the porch here, we just heard screaming, all we heard was, 'Shut the door, shut the door'," she said.
RSPCA officers tranquillised the dogs and stretchered them to a council vehicle before they were taken to a vet and then the Blacktown pound.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Phil Templeman said the woman was injured protecting her child.
"Her mother also sustained injuries to the arm while she was trying to defend the child," he said.