Dad’s fear dog might attack again

Josh McLean’s stepmother, Fiona O’Reilly, inspects the bite marks on his arm. Picture: DAVID THORPE THE father of a Wodonga boy who had his arm ripped open by a dog last week fears the animal will strike again.
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Josh McLean, 13, was attacked from behind on Tuesday while walking with a friend through Federation Park on his way home from school.

His father, Wayne, yesterday said he was worried the dog might next attack an infant or somebody who was walking on their own.

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Josh said he did not hear the dog bark or growl before he was bitten.

“The dog jumped on me and was going for my neck,” he said.

“So I put my arm out to stop him and he grabbed it.

“I remember thinking: ‘did that really happen to me’? It was a shock. I didn’t expect it.”

The dog ran away when Josh’s friend kicked it in the side of its body.

“My arm ripped when I tried to pull it out of his mouth and I could see flesh on my shirt,” Josh said.

Mr McLean said he had reported the incident to the Wodonga Council but it was hard for it to track the dog.

“If the owner was with the dog, they would have taken it and hidden it so it wasn’t found,” Mr McLean said.

“This dog is dangerous. You have to get to a point where you make your dog your best friend not somebody’s enemy.”

“Not everyone is going to be like my son.

“A lot of kids would be terrified after that.”

The dog’s breed is unknown but it had a tan body black stripes, white chest, a boxer dog’s face and weighed 50 to 60 kilograms.

Wodonga Council acting chief executive Trevor Ierino said rangers had stepped up patrols of the area but had not found the dog.

“We remind owners they must ensure their animals are securely contained in their yard and are on leashes when being walked,” he said.

Mr Ierino encouraged anyone with information to contact the council or Wodonga police.

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