Police and a dog catcher at the scene of a dog attack at Glasshouse Mountains. A woman, 84, was attacked and one of the two dogs was shot by police at the scene. Photo: Che Chapman
Police and a dog catcher at the scene of a dog attack at Glasshouse Mountains. A woman, 84, was attacked and one of the two dogs was shot by police at the scene. Photo: Che Chapman

Woman, 84, attacked by pit bulls

AN elderly woman was allegedly attacked by two dogs while she was watering the garden of her Glasshouse Mountains home this morning.

The woman, 84 who has been taken to hospital with a deep laceration to the head, is believed to have been set upon by dogs from a neighbouring home.

Police fired a warning shot when they arrived but when one of the dogs approached police aggressively they shot it.

The dog owners were visibly upset after making the discovery.

The two cross-bred pit bulls involved in the attack were registered with council.

The deceased dog was an older female, while the younger male dog was surrendered by the distraught owner to council.

 Bowen Street neighbour Laiman Eglentols said the attack that occurred outside his front door was a complete surprise.

 “She is a very quiet lady of European appearance who says hello, but pretty much keeps to herself,” Mr Eglentols said.

 “I knew there were dogs (in the house next door) but I’ve never seen them or come across them and I go for walks quite regularly.”

 Mr Eglentols, who was inside his home at the time of the attack, said he was only first alerted to the dog attack when media crews arrived. 

“I heard a few dog barks, but nothing else – no screams or anything.”

Police said in a statement that on arrival, two dogs in the front yard of the woman’s residence tried to attack the officers.

"One officer fired a shot into the ground from his service firearm resulting in both dogs fleeing the vicinity,'' police said.

"The officers were then able to access the property and provide assistance to the woman.

"One dog returned in an aggressive state and again attempted to attack before an officer used his service firearm to shoot the dog, fatally wounding it.''

 The woman has been taken to hospital suffering injuries to her legs, arms, torso and head.

 Her injuries are not considered life-threatening but she remains in a serious condition. Investigations are continuing into the incident.



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