Stitches for swim­mer at­tacked by dog

The West Australian - - 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 launch 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.

Shire health and emer­gency ser­vices man­ager Ty Mat­son said the man re­quired 26 stitches to his face and had cuts to his lip, cheek and un­der his eye. “The level of in­juries was quite sig­nif­i­cant — he al­most lost his eye,” he said.

Rangers are hold­ing the an­i­mal in the pound.

“The man has pro­vided a state­ment to us and the owner of the dog has dis­puted how the in­juries oc­curred,” Mr Mat­son said.

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