A much-loved pet greyhound has been put down shortly after a savage pit bull attack in Sydney's south-west Macquarie Fields.
A father and son, 74 and 39, were walking their two muzzled greyhounds on-leash on Saturday, about 6:30 a.m. when the pit bull appeared and immediately attacked.
The son tried to fight off the pit bull and separate it from the greyhound, but he was injured when a piece of metal from one of the muzzles became lodged in his knee. He told police that, as he grabbed the pit bull’s collar, the dog slipped out and ran off.
The greyhound had to be put down because it was so severely mauled. The other greyhound sustained injuries but will survive.
The 39-year-old man will undergo surgery at Campbelltown Hospital to remove the metal from his knee.
NSW Police Inspector Tara Norton said the men were very distressed. Obviously no one likes to lose a pet-- a much loved pet," she told ABC radio.
"And in addition to that we now have someone who is seeking treatment in a hospital for a significant injury to his leg. So the whole situation has been terrible," she stated.
Police said they have seized the attacking pit bull, and it has been impounded at Campbelltown Animal Care Facility.
They also say they have spoken to a 57-year-old man who owns dog. It is expected that legal action will be taken against him.