A Warrawong woman who survived a vicious dog attack has said she wouldn’t be alive if her own canine companion hadn’t come to her rescue.
Debbie Patek spent a night in Wollongong Hospital and required multiple stitches to her leg after a neighbour’s bull terrier cross broke through the fence of her Lee Street home and ‘‘mauled’’ her last Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking to the Mercury yesterday, Mrs Patek said she wouldn’t be alive if her Staffordshire terrier cross Brian hadn’t responded to her calls for help.
‘‘Brian’s a hero, he saved my life,’’ she said.
Due to shock, Mrs Patek has struggled to remember events immediately following the attack.
Her husband, George, said he was in a different part of the property when he saw Brian suddenly race off.
‘‘[Brian] just bolted and I thought ‘what’s he running at?’ and, as I stepped backwards, I realised Debbie was on the ground screaming,’’ Mr Patek, who has trouble hearing, said.
As Mr Patek and two other men ran to Mrs Patek’s aid, two other dogs also became involved.
‘‘[The bull terrier] was about to clamp down on her throat and my dog ran up there, jammed his front leg right inside its mouth, then grabbed its bottom jaw and hung on,’’ he said.
‘‘Then the other two dogs ran in and started biting as well.’’
Mr Patek said it took close to 20 minutes before the animals were restrained, and Brian was taken to the vet suffering leg wounds.
However, he is expected to make a full recovery.
‘‘It makes me feel inadequate as a husband because I couldn’t get there in time,’’ Mr Patek said.
‘‘If Brian hadn’t got there, she’d be dead.’’
Police and Wollongong City Council staff attended the incident, and the bull terrier was seized.
Yesterday, a council spokeswoman confirmed the animal remained in the pound, and the council intended to declare it dangerous.
‘‘Council has received complaints in the past regarding dogs at the Lee Street address where the dog was seized,’’ she said.
‘‘An infringement concerning non-registration of this dog was issued in April 2013.’’
Owners of a dog declared dangerous must abide by numerous restrictions, including strict enclosure rules.