Woman, 78, bit­ten by dog on Four Mile Beach

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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.

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