BLACKTOWN Hospital patients are without one of their beloved therapy dogs after it was viciously attacked by another canine.
Nepean Therapy Dogs volunteer Isabelle Boyd was walking her two dogs, Mandy and Lulu, along Hatherton Rd, Letheridge Park, on October 29 when she said an AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER CROSS jumped the fence and lunged at them.
Mrs Boyd said she grabbed Lulu, a two-year-old papillon, but the staffy sank its teeth into Lulu’s back legs.
“If I hadn’t have grabbed her, the dog would have torn her head off,” Mrs Boyd said.
Mandy, a 10-year-old maltese terrier, was spared but Mrs Boyd suffered scrapes on her elbows from trying to release the dog’s grip.
“I came down on the ground and I was screaming,” she said.
“I always carry a stick and was bashing into him and that’s what released him.
“I don’t remember coming home. I was in shock and traumatised.
“I’ve walked this area for 20 years. I’ve never had anything happen like this.”
Mrs Boyd said Lulu had brightened the lives of Blacktown Hospital patients for nearly two years.
“She has brought lots of joy and pleasure to many patients,” she said.
“They just love her and love to cuddle her.”
The day of the attack, Lulu was due to visit the hospital with her fellow therapy dogs.
Mrs Boyd said Mandy had to fill her spot during the hospital visit.
“Until she’s healed, Lulu is off the list for a while,” she said.
“It’s just terrible because the Nepean Therapy Dogs really need volunteers.”
The brutal attack spared Lulu from any broken bones or internal bleeding but she suffered extensive tissue damage.
Her wounds split open on Thursday and her tail may need to be amputated.
Mrs Boyd said Blacktown Council informed her the dog was surrendered by its owners and was put down.