A Rotorua, New Zealand, grandmother is lucky to be alive after a horrific dog attack lasting at least two hours that experienced animal control officers called the worst they had seen.
The attack, carried out by an American Staffordshire/pitbull cross, left the woman with extremely serious injuries to her right arm and a broken leg, Rotorua District Council Animal Control supervisor Kevin Coutts said.
Mr Coutts said it was not clear how long the dog had been attacking the woman but it was at least two hours, possibly longer, before she was found at her home in Edmund Rd on Saturday afternoon.
The 65-year-old woman was taken to Rotorua Hospital by St John paramedics before being transferred to Waikato Hospital in a stable condition where she remains in a ward.
Photographs of the woman’s injuries were supplied to The Daily Post but were far too graphic to publish.
One photograph showed the woman’s right arm, from the elbow down, had been eaten through, exposing both bones and leaving a gaping wound about 15cm to 20cm long and between 5cm and 8cm wide. All of the flesh had been removed from the lower arm and there were some large bite wounds on her upper arm and biceps.
It was not clear if the woman broke her leg before or after the attack.