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Woman suffers horrific injuries after she is mauled by a German Shepherd she was trying to HELP

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‘I thought it was going to kill me’: Woman is viciously mauled by a German Shepherd she was trying to HELP

  • Louise Gavin approached the dog after seeing it on a street in Melbourne 
  • German Shepherd immediately attacked her when she held out her hand
  • She was left with multiple stitches, her arm in a sling, and on antibiotics  

A woman has suffered horrific injuries after she was attacked by a German Shepherd she was trying to help. 

Louise Gavin approached the dog on Thursday afternoon after she noticed it on a street near her home in Melbourne’s southeast and was worried it could be hit by a car.

But as she approached the animal it mauled her arm, leaving her needing multiple stitches and antibiotics.  

‘I didn’t try and touch it. I just dropped my hand down and went ‘hello’, to let it sniff me and see if it was going to be okay,’ Ms Gavin told 7News

A Melbourne woman has suffered horrific injuries after she was attacked by a German Shepherd she was trying to help

A Melbourne woman has suffered horrific injuries after she was attacked by a German Shepherd she was trying to help 

At that point the mother said the dog jumped out and started biting at her neck and face – then latched onto her arm. 

‘Until I broke free, I honestly thought the dog was going to kill me,’ she said. 

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Ms Gavin ran bleeding to a the nearby Hampton Park Vet Hospital where the on-duty veterinarian, Dr Cameron Rain, treated her. 

The dog was seized by Casey Council and was being held until rangers decided its fate.

Ms Gavin, who is a dog owner herself, has said she doesn’t want the dog put down but wants the owner to make sure the yard was secure and the animal was better trained around people. 

‘A dog should never be so unsocialised that it is completely unapproachable,’ she said. 

Louise Gavin approached the dog after she noticed it on a street near her home in Melbourne's southeast and was worried it could be hit by a car

Louise Gavin approached the dog after she noticed it on a street near her home in Melbourne’s southeast and was worried it could be hit by a car 

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