Woman undergoes surgery after dog attack
A VICIOUS dog attack at Barkers Vale has left a woman in Lismore Base Hospital undergoing emergency surgery to reattach an almost severed finger.
The woman was walking three bull terrier crosses when they entered the Rogers family's McClelland Road property and attacked their Jack Russell, Rocko. Nikita Rogers, 16, was at home with Rocko when the dogs attacked yesterday.
“One of the dogs locked its jaw on to Rocko's head,” Nikita said.
The woman who was with the dogs tried to get the dog off Rocko, but instead the bull terrier locked on to her finger as well.
Nikita said the woman began to scream as the dog locked down on her finger.
“She was screaming and crying,” Nikita said.
Nikita said the dog was locked-on for more than three minutes before letting go.
Nikita's brother, Bjorn, and friend Jo Chetty tried to beat the other two dogs off with sticks.
“You could see the pack mentality; they were circling us,” Mr Rogers said.
Mr Rogers said the woman's finger was hanging off by a thread.
“He took off the top inch of her finger,” he said.
Mr Rogers called an ambulance, but the woman disappeared before it arrived.
The woman, who was house-sitting for the dogs' owners, made her way to Nimbin Hospital and was then transported to Lismore Base Hospital for surgery.
Rocko disappeared for one-and-a-half hours after the attack. When he returned he was rushed to Kyogle vet Ross Brown's surgery suffering puncture wounds.
Nikita said 10-year-old Rocko was a gentle and calm dog.
Ms Chetty said if the woman's finger had not been in the dog's jaws it would have been able to fatally puncture Rocko's throat.
Fortunately, two young children aged two and three, who live at the house, were not home at the time of the attack.
“It could have been them instead of Rocko,” Nikita said.
Mr Brown, who is also Kyogle mayor, said people should never try to break up a dog fight.
Neighbours said the three dogs had been roaming around and killing wallabies for more than three months.
While Rocko will recover, it was understood the three dogs have been put down.