Public appeal after dogs attack jogger
Hills Shire Council seeks the owner two dogs who attacked a woman during a morning run in Sydney last week causing serious injury to her eye which required 18 stitches.PT1M29S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-35tu8 620 349 March 31, 2014
A woman who was attacked by two dogs during a morning run at a Sydney sports reserve says she has been left "disappointed in human nature" after the animals' owner abandoned her with a bleeding eye that later required surgery.
The Hills Shire Council is now appealing for information to identify the owner and his two dogs, thought to be brown Dobermans, following the attack at Bernie Mullane Reserve in Kellyville last week.
Angela, who did not want her surname used, said she was jogging on a track that flanks Kellyville High School between 6.30am and 6.45am on Monday last week when she saw a man walking towards her with two dogs.
"I had to sit down, trying not to faint.": Sydney woman Angela suffered a serious eye injury after being attacked by two dogs. Photo: Supplied
"The next thing I knew the dogs had jumped straight up into my face, into my eye," she said.
"I was shocked and I just pulled my hand straight up to my face. There was blood coming from my eye.
"The dogs were on leads, and he (the owner) pulled them off, because they were very strong dogs. I had to sit down, trying not to faint."
Angela said the man asked if she was all right, to which she replied that she wasn't.
He gave her his T-shirt to stem the bleeding, but then said he had to leave.
Angela said she asked the man to walk her back to where her car was parked about one kilometre away, to which he "begrudgingly said yes".
"He followed me back and said "Are you, OK?" and I said 'Well, I guess'. And then he left," Angela said.
"He said he had to go and look after his kids. He had two young kids. He seemed to be in a hurry.
"I didn't get his name or anything else.
"From my point of view, there were two things. I thought: he left me there without making sure that he called an ambulance. Also, I passed four or five other people and not one person stopped. I was very disappointed in human nature."
A family member drove Angela to a medical centre, but she was immediately told to go to hospital.
Doctors told her she would require surgery for a deep cut that had damaged a muscle around her eye. She required 18 stitches to her face, and said it was not yet clear if she had suffered any permanent damage to her eyesight.
Angela said she had been off work since the attack, and was experiencing double vision in her right eye.
"I did call the police, and they came out and talked to me, but they said because the dogs were on leads there was nothing they could do," Angela said.
Charles Meader, the council's community safety and compliance manager, said the council was doing everything it could to identify the dogs and their owner.
“The dogs were on-leash but it appears the owner of the dogs couldn't control them," he said.
“People shouldn't take dogs out in public if they are not confident they will be able to restrain them at all times.
“The injuries this woman suffered were very serious.”
He said the owner faced the possibility of having the dogs declared dangerous, in which case stringent control requirements came into force.
Those including having the animals de-sexed, keeping them in child-proof enclosures, muzzling them and not being able to transfer ownership.
“In serious cases, council can seek a destruction order through the courts,” Mr Meader said.
The man is thought to be about 180 centimetres tall, of average build, with collar-length hair and was wearing grey shorts.
Mr Meader urged anyone with information about the dogs or their owner to contact The Hills Shire Council on 9843 0555.