Woman, 78, bitten by dog on Four Mile Beach
A 78-year-old woman visiting Port Douglas says she was attacked and bitten by a dog as she was walking along Four Mile Beach at Solander on Saturday.
It has left her with a significant wound, a large, ragged tear under the arm that is impossible to stitch up, that she says has needed her to have medical attention every other day since the incident.
Beverley, who lives in Melbourne and has been an annual visitor to Port Douglas for 20 years, says the large dog – “a great, big, heavy thing” – was off its leash at the time.
It was with its owner and playing with other dogs.
Beverley says it rushed towards her and she thought its exuberance meant it was playful, so she bent down and opened her arms wide. It jumped up and bit her. “The damned thing attacked me and threw me to the ground and gave a me huge bite under my left arm. “I was in great shock. “As I was on the ground the owner let the jolly thing come up to me again.
“I stopped her and I was helped up by a couple of people. I told her to put it on a leash and then she did.”
Beverley said she wanted people to be aware the dog is around.