Plea for dog at­tack wit­nesses

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

A 29-year-old man at­tacked by a large male mas­tiff cross while swim­ming in Broome needed more than 20 stitches to his face.

The man was treated for his in­juries at Royal Perth Hospi­tal on Monday as Shire of Broome rangers launched an ap­peal for wit­nesses to try to piece to­gether what hap­pened.

The coun­cil said he was set upon at pop­u­lar boat launch­ing and swim­ming spot En­trance Point, between 10am and noon on Sunday, October 8.

Shire health and emer­gency ser­vices man­ager Ty Mat­son said the man re­quired 26 stitches to his face and suf­fered cuts to his lip, cheek and un­der his eye.

“Lots of (dog) at­tacks are re­ported in Broome but they are all fairly mi­nor,” he said.

“With this one, the level of in­juries was quite sig­nif­i­cant, he al­most lost his eye.”

Mr Mat­son said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was be­ing ham­pered by dif­fi­culty ver­i­fy­ing ex­actly what hap­pened.

“That is why we seek­ing independent wit­nesses,” he said.

“We need to pro­tect the pub­lic and we are aware the dog was in­volved in an in­ci­dent with this man. We now need to know ex­actly what hap­pened.”

Rangers are cur­rently hold­ing the an­i­mal in the pound.

Mr Mat­son said the coun­cil could pros­e­cute the owner for a dog at­tack or de­clare the an­i­mal dan­ger­ous, which would im­pose obli­ga­tions such as muz­zling the ca­nine in pub­lic and mak­ing sure fenc­ing at its home prop­erty was ad­e­quate.

He said it was un­likely the dog would be put down.

“The dog will stay in the pound un­til we work out what hap­pened,” Mr Mat­son said.

“The man has pro­vided a state­ment to us and the owner of the dog has dis­puted how the in­juries oc­curred. What we do know is the dog caused the in­juries, now we need to fig­ure out how those in­juries oc­curred.”

Any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact Broome rangers on 9191 3456 or 0407 382 079.

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