Dog owner Cherie Mill is concerned that the two dogs that attacked her and her Pomeranian, Yogi, on Christmas Eve could attack a child.
Ms Mill was walking Yogi near the Kangaroo Flat Park in Church Street when she was set upon by a Bull Staffordshire cross and another Bitsa dog.
She scooped Yogi up on instinct to protect him but the Bull Staffordshire knocked her down and bit Yogi.
“As I was looking one way, they came at me from another,” Ms Mill said.
“By the time Yogi squeaked and I turned my head, (the two dogs) were a few metres away. I saw a rubbish bin and went to turn and put Yogi in there, so he could be safe.
“But the dog downed me and latched on to Yogi. I was screaming so loud for help.”
A family that was driving past came to Ms Mill’s aid and helped free Yogi from the Bull Staffordshire’s grip.
“Finally, the one of the girls hit the dog across the face with a stick and it let go,” Ms Mill said.
“I came out from vet in shock. I had lost a shoe and was covered in dirt but that lovely family was still waiting to make sure i was okay. They restored faith in humanity.”
Yogi’s injuries included multiple bites and the part of the leg bone that joins the pelvis at the hip had snapped off.
“That was cut out and the ligaments and tendons were stitched together. There is also a lot of scar tissue and bruising. He will possibly have a (permanent) limp,” Ms Mill said. While the traumatic experience has left Yogi a bit more timid that he previously was, Ms Mill wants the dogs captured to prevent them attacking again.
“I certainly don’t hate dogs or any particular breed. It is the mentality of the people looking after the dog. The owners have poor morality and very little intelligence,” she said.
“They either need to be named a dangerous dogs, which comes with certain requirements for the owner, or they need to be put down.
“I personally blame the owners but that dog, the way he was going at me and Yogi, he is dangerous.
“Yogi is small and so is a child. If I hear something about child being mauled or worse, I'll feel I haven't done my moral obligation.”