FRANKSTON NORTH, VICTORIA AU - A WOMAN WAS WALKING HER DOG WHEN A PIT BULL CHARGED AFTER HER PET - SHE SHIELDED HER DOG AND THE PIT ATTACKED HER
A MAN who let his dog escape and maul a woman’s face is expected to be charged by police. Frankston North resident Emma McKnight needed plastic surgery and 150 stitches after being brutally attacked by the dog on Sunday as she walked through her suburb.
The attack has left her embarrassed about her face after the dog mauled her right cheek and neck. Ms McKnight, 37, said she believed the dog was a PIT BULL but added she “wouldn’t even call it a dog”.
A police spokeswoman said there was an altercation between Ms McKnight and the dog’s owner and they expected to charge the 34-year-old man.
Ms McKnight said she was trying to protect her dog — a Staffordshire bull terrier cross — and there was no altercation with the dog’s owner before the attack.
She said she was walking her dog along Rosemary Crescent about 11am on Sunday when the pit bull ran out of a front gate. “I didn’t know any of the owners. I was just walking my dog and the dog came out of the gate,” she said. “I tried to shield myself from the dog, it locked on to my arm and then as I tried to get it off it went for my face.The owner didn’t apologise. He just took his dog and shut the gate .” Ms McKnight, who was discharged from Frankston Hospital this afternoon, said she hoped to make a full recovery. “I’m just embarrassed about my face and I want that to heal,” she said. A spokesman for Frankston City Councilsaid the unregistered dog was seized by a council ranger and was being held in the pound.“ The incident is now subject to a full police and council investigation,” the spokesman said.