Victim's anger as owner 'praised the dog for biting me'
WHEN Layne Smith was bitten by a stranger's dog, the last thing he expected was its owner to praise and pat the dog as he stood there bleeding.
The 28-year-old Slade Point man is facing the prospect of undergoing surgery for the third time on his arm after being bitten by what appeared to be a Mastiff cross Pit Bull or Staffy.
Mr Smith said he was attacked by the black dog with a white chest on May 14 after being called over by its owner, but as he looked for help as he bled, the owner of the animal fled the scene.
"I was crossing the road about a block up from Taylor's Hotel and the guy was just sitting there with his dog and he called me over," Mr Smith recalled.
"As I came over he let go of the lead and his dog's attacked me, the worst part was that after he praised the dog and was patting him for doing it.
"I went into instant shock as I had muscle and fat oozing out with blood, I went to get help and he fled."
After asking for help at the Mackay Oz Care Men's Hostel, Queensland Ambulance paramedics were called to the scene and Mr Smith was treated.
He was transported to Mackay Base Hospital for stitches but had to return two days later as the wounds became infected.
"Upon returning home from the first day I had a seizure from the infection and had to go back to hospital," Mr Smith said.
"They opened the stitches and and did a micro surgery to clean it out, two days later they decided I needed to go into theatre to have an operation.
"They had to cut it open to cut out the dead flesh, but today I have to go back to the doctors because I think it's infected yet again and I'm worried it will lead to another surgery."
Mr Smith said he was frustrated as the owner had not been made accountable and the attack was seriously affecting his life.
"I already have some loss of feeling in my left arm and my right is my prominent one so if I keep having to have surgery, well I don't want it to happen to that side too," he said.
"Police said they weren't able to open a case because it would just be his word against mine so far, and Council said they can only do something if the dog is registered.
"I just want to see this guy found and made responsible for what's happened, every time I hear a dog bark now I totally freak out."
The incident happened about 1pm on May 14, anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact PoliceLink on 131444.