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Man injured, pet grehound dead after dog attack

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A much-loved pet greyhound has been put down after a dog attack in Sydney's south-west.

A father and son, 74 and 39, were walking their muzzled greyhounds on leads through Macquarie Fields on Saturday when the dog attacked.

Police said they have seized a dog, which was later identified as a male Staffordshire terrier, and took him to Campbelltown Animal Care Facility. Police originally said the dog was a pit bull.

The son tried to separate the dogs but was injured when a piece of metal from one of the muzzles became lodged in his knee.

Police say he grabbed the attacking dog by the collar but the dog slipped out of the collar and ran off.

One greyhound had to be put down following the attack and the other sustained minor injuries.

The 39-year-old will undergo surgery to his knee.

NSW Police Inspector Tara Norton said the men were very distressed.

"Obviously no one likes to lose a pet and a much loved pet," she told ABC radio.

"And in addition to that we now have someone who is seeking treatment in hospital for a significant injury to his leg.

"So the whole situation has been terrible."

Police say they have spoken to a 57-year-old man and it is expected that legal action will be taken against him. 

AAP and smh.com.au

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