A Queensland woman has been hospitalised after a vicious dog attack in the state’s southeast.
Three dogs set upon the woman and her border collie at an Ipswich dog park, as the owner allegedly watched on.
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Lynn Whelan was at Rex Hawkes Park with her dog Abby on Tuesday afternoon when three dogs attacked them.
“She put her hands down because (the dog) was having a go at her,” one witness told 7NEWS.
“Next minute, the other dog came over, and while one finished attacking, the other one took over.
“She’s on the ground covered in blood.”
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It was only then that one male owner of the attacking dogs stepped in, Lynn told 7NEWS from her hospital bed.
She explained that he had to pry open his dog’s mouth, which was locked around Abbie’s neck, and that the owners then promptly left the off-leash park.
Lynn Whelan and her border collie Abby were attacked by three dogs at Rex Hawkes Park on Tuesday. Credit: 7NEWS
Her husband Mark Whelan broke down as he detailed the terrifying moment he saw his wife after the attack.
“Pretty scary to pull up and see your wife covered in blood,” he said.
“Just makes me wonder if it was a kid, like a baby or a younger child.
“They grabbed a hold of her arm, shook her arm around, and the owners did nothing.
“They should be accountable, and something should happen to the dogs, unfortunately.”
Lynn required surgery on her arm, and told 7NEWS the owners of the attacking dogs stood idly by during the vicious ordeal. Credit: 7NEWSAbby also required vet treatment after the attack. Credit: 7NEWS
Lynn received surgery on her arm on Wednesday, while Abby returned home from the vet with stitches and a cone around her neck.
Local rangers are looking for the offending dogs, while the local council told 7NEWS it is investigating the incident.
Queensland is currently the only state that doesn’t hold dog owners criminally responsible for attacks, but new proposed laws introduced last month could see that change.
The proposed change to The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 would introduce imprisonment as a maximum penalty for the most serious dog attacks, and bans on certain dog breeds, according to the Australian Veterinary Association.
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