Dougal lucky to escape vicious dog attack

Dougal convalescing. All photos: Larry Costello
Dougal convalescing. All photos: Larry Costello

A DOG owner feared for the life of his eight-month-old pet when they were brutally attacked by two stray American Staffordshire terriers in Bassendean.

Bassendean resident Larry Costello was walking his canine boxer Dougal on the lead, along Walter Road East, about 5am on Tuesday.

Mr Costello noticed the two large dogs walking along the footpath.

The dogs attacked Dougal, biting him several times as Mr Costello tried to fight them off.

A neighbour and a passing truck driver came to help take away the dogs and save Dougal.

Kiara Police attended the incident and drove the dogs to the Bayswater pound before a Town of Bassendean ranger picked them up later that morning

Mr Costello rushed Dougal to a 24-hour vet before he was transferred to the Bassendean Veterinary Hospital.

Dougal had a 3-4cm laceration on his left thigh, a couple of puncture wounds in the lumbar area and a laceration on his right upper thigh.

Photo: Larry Costello

He received surgery for his wounds, various medication and spent one day at the hospital.

Mr Costello also went to St John of God Midland Hospital for treatment for bites on both hands and scratch marks on his forehead.

The vet fees equate to about $900 with further treatment to come.

Mr Costello said it was the “most frightening thing” that had happened in his life.

“I’m pretty fit and reasonably strong, but if it had not been for Corey and the passing truck driver I’m pretty sure we would have lost Dougal,” he said.

Photo: Larry Costello

“These dogs where extremely vicious and I was fighting them with all my might but they where very intent on tearing my puppy apart.

“I hope nobody else has to deal with a situation like this again.”

Mr Costello said he was advised the female owner of the two dogs lived in Bayswater.

“I’ve been advised one of the dogs was registered, but the other was not, and the property they are resided at has inappropriate fencing and they have been escaping for several months from the Bayswater property,” he said.

Puppy Dougal.

“If you cannot secure your dogs within your yard safely, maybe you’re not responsible enough to own the dogs.

“This could have been a child instead of a puppy being attacked.”

A Town spokesman said the rangers have impounded one female dog aged 3.5 years and one male born on August 2018 following the incident.

“Rangers are investigating the incident,” he said.

“(The) owners have been contacted.”