An elderly woman was left with horrifying injuries after being attacked by a poodle.
The 78-year-old is still in hospital after undergoing two skin graft surgeries following the attack in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, last Thursday.
The woman and her two daughters were walking down the street when they saw two poodles tied up outside a shop.
One of the woman’s daughter’s Jane Clarke said they watched as the bigger dog attacked her mother, biting her on the right leg below the calf.
The elderly woman and her two daughters were walking down Gregory St (pictured) when a poodle attacked her
‘It just ripped off a chunk of her leg,’ Ms Clarke told The Mercury.
Ms Clarke said her mother’s wound began to bleed heavily while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
The dog’s owner returned and offered to pay for any treatment costs.
Ms Clarke said that initially the council were helpful, but earlier this week the family found out the dog was going to be released back to the owner.
‘The dog is free to roam the street. We live in Sandy Bay, we are going to see this guy in the future, and I just think it’s atrocious that his dog is free to roam and attack people,’ she said.
A business owner who saw the vicious attack said the pair of poodles had been tied up for over an hour with no water.
‘It was really quite savage. The dog didn’t just go once, he went a couple of times. And that’s why the injury is so ugly,’ she said.
Hobart City Council confirmed they’re looking into the attack, although the dog’s whereabouts is not known.
Ms Clarke said that initially the council were helpful, but earlier this week the family found out the dog was going to be released back to the owner (stock image)