SOUTHERN RIVER, WESTERN AU - SUE LOPICICH SPENT YEARS RESCUING DOGS...SHE WAS FATALLY MAULED BY HER BULLMASTIFF THAT WAS KNOWN FOR BEING "VERY AGGRESSIVE"
Sue Lopicich was killed on Tuesday afternoon at the boarding kennels she ran in suburban Perth.
St John Ambulance officers arrived not long after the attack, but Ms Lopicich died a short time later as a result of devastating injuries caused by the dog.
Council rangers seized two adult male dogs, a BULLMASTIFF and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The terrier was later released after police said the mastiff, named Stirling, was responsible for the attack.
A family friend told Perth radio station 6PR the dog was known for its aggression, but said Ms Lopicich loved it despite the aggression.
A neighbour said the dog had to be tied up when visitors entered the property.
Police said Stirling was very aggressive and guarding Ms Lopicich’s body when they arrived at the Southern River home, The West Australian reported.
Ms Lopicich had spent years rescuing and caring for unwanted dogs. A member of a similar WA group posted a heartfelt message to her daughters last night.
“Be proud of your wonderful mother and friend. She made a big difference in the lives of many dogs. May you rest in peace dear lady,” the message read.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious. A report is being prepared for the coroner.
The City of Gosnells said in a statement its rangers were contacted by police.
“City of Gosnells rangers received a request from the police to attend a licensed kennel in Southern River, to collect a dog which was preventing police from accessing the body of a deceased person on the property,” the statement said.
“As a result, the city is currently holding two dogs that were taken from the property. The adult, male dogs, one a Bull Mastiff and the other a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, are being held at the request of police.
“An investigation is being conducted by the police and the city is waiting to hear further from them. The dogs are microchipped and registered to the owner of the property. No previous complaints have been made to the city about these dogs.”