FRANKSTON NORTH, VICTORIA AU - A PIT BULL "SOMEHOW" ESCAPED THROUGH A GATE AND ATTACKED A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER BEING WALKED BY ITS OWNER...THE WOMAN PROTECTED HER DOG AND THE PIT JUST ABOUT RIPPED HER FACE OFF
A Frankston North woman says she will need plastic surgery after a PIT BULL ripped off her cheek.
Emma McKnight, 37, said her dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, was attacked during a Sunday morning walk when a pit bull came out of a gate of a Rosemary Crescent home in Frankston North.
She said she shielded her dog and the pit bull latched onto her arm.
"It lock-jawed onto my arm, I tried to get it off and it went for my face and took the cheek off my face," Ms McKnight told radio station 3AW. She said the owner of the dog, a man she didn't know, grabbed the pitbull by the tail, took it back into the property and called an ambulance.
Ms McKnight, who is recovering in Frankston Hospital, said she needed 150 stitches and had plastic surgery to repair her torn cheek.
"I'm a little bit shattered," she said.
She said the dog should be put down before it attacks someone else.
"I wouldn't even call it a dog, it's a creature," she said.
Police are investigating the incident.
A police spokeswoman said they were called to a Frankston North address at 11.04am on Sunday.
"It is alleged a dog attacked a woman after a dispute between the woman and the dog's owner outside a Rosemary Crescent home," she said.
She said a Frankston North man, 34, had been arrested and released, but is expected to be charged at a later date.
The offending dog has been seized by a council ranger, police said.