Staffy and Pit Mixes Maul Man Like a Pig
Australia - Three dogs severely mauled a Mareeba man "like he was a pig" yesterday morning. Rescuers say they would have killed him if no one was around to help. The man, believed to be 40, remains in Cairns Base Hospital after undergoing surgery to treat severe bite marks to his legs, arms and stomach.
The man was walking along Doyle St about 9.45am when the animals jumped a front yard fence and lunged at him. Connie and Steve Miller witnessed the savage mauling from their duplex across the road.
"They just wouldn’t let go," said Mrs. Miller. "They were chasing him like he was a pig."
The dogs dragged the man to the ground and bit him repeatedly. He lay curled in a ball but was helpless to fend them off. Mr. Miller grabbed a rake and ran out to fight off the dogs. The Millers quickly called triple 0 and then tore up a sheet to strap the man’s wounds.
"You should’ve seen all the blood coming out of him," she said. "He was just bleeding like a bullock. If we didn’t put the sheet on him, he would’ve bled to death."
Nearby resident Shianne Kynuna said the dogs that attacked the man had jumped the fence and menaced her children in the past. She said the dogs make a lot of people in the community very frightened to walk by the house.
Council by-laws give rangers the power to destroy dogs if they are declared dangerous. The two staffordshire-crosses and the pit bull-cross that attacked him are expected to be destroyed as early as today.