Dog that bit off woman's ear still on the loose

A DOG that savagely attacked a Goonellabah woman outside her home remained at large..

A 46-year-old woman had the top of her ear torn off by what is believed to be a bull mastiff or similar breed while checking her mail on Monday night.

"At 9pm the woman walked out to her letterbox when the dog approached her and without provocation attacked," a police statement said about the McDermott Dr incident.

"The woman fell to the ground and the dog bit her right ear which caused part of the top of the ear to rip off.

"Her screams alerted her partner who ran out of the house to render assistance. The dog ran off up the street."

The victim was in a stable condition at Lismore Base Hospital yesterday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

As the victim of the attack began her recovery, the council and police were yet to search for the dog.

"The rangers say they have not been given any information by police," a council spokeswoman said.

"We have not been given any official information. The rangers have had no report on what the dog looks like."

A police spokesman said officers are not responsible for rounding up dogs, even if they are a danger.

He said police were busy with other important matters and said they had passed the information on to the council.

Police Sergeant Dave Longfield said, "We work in close harmony with Lismore City Council and dog complaints like this are taken seriously."

The dog was described by police as brown in colour, with no collar and aged approximately three years old.

It is understood it was last seen at Shearman Dr, Goonellabah before noon yesterday and it may have been the vicinity of Allingham Place.


Anyone who has information about the dog's whereabouts should contact Lismore City Council on 6625 0500.

Topics:  dog attack

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