Dog attack: Bull mastiff cross responsible for Southern River woman’s death put down

The Southern River property where the attack occurred.  Photo: Ben Smith
The Southern River property where the attack occurred. Photo: Ben Smith

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THE bull mastiff cross responsible for the death of Southern River mother Sue Lopicich has been put down, while the Staffordshire bull terrier rangers also seized will be returned to the family home.

Ms Lopicich (58) was attacked by the cross on Tuesday and suffered fatal injuries as a result.

Ms Lopicich ran a boarding kennel and animal rescue service out of the Terrier Place, Southern River property.

The City of Gosnells said rangers who had attended the harrowing scene on Tuesday were being counselled.

The bull mastiff cross was reportedly very aggressive when rangers visited the scene, and the Staffy was used to help remove him from the property.

“The police have advised that they believe the bull mastiff, currently being held by the city at the request of police, caused the death of Mrs Lopicich,” the City said in a statement.

“The police advised the Staffordshire bull terrier was not involved, and he will be returned to the family.

“The city extends its sincerest sympathies to Mrs Lopicichs family and friends.”

The dog was put down by lethal injection on Thursday morning.