'It was an absolute savage': Elderly Mandurah woman worried 'killer' dog will attack again

An elderly Mandurah woman who broke her arm after being knocked over by a 'killer' American Staffy that mauled her small dog, is worried the animal will attack again.

Eileen Beitmanas, 71, said she was walking her Shi Tzu Poodle cross, Milo, along her regular walking route near the Mary Street boat ramp in Halls Head on Sunday June 23.

Ms Beitmanas said she was looking at the estuary before her legs were hit with force, causing her to fall forward.

If there had have been a child around, I don't know what would of happened.

Eileen Beitmanas

"It was a very large dog and it just wanted to kill Milo," she said.

"He was creamy white, had pointy ears and was an absolute savage.

"I tried to get up but I realised my arm had been broken, so I started crawling towards Milo who was being mauled by this killer dog."

Ms Beitmanas said the dog had jumped off a boat stationed at the jetty.

"The owner came running over from the boat a short time later," she said.

"I was screaming because I knew Milo was being mauled, I thought he was dead, but then I saw him get up and hobble away."

Ms Beitmanas said the dog owner told her he would pay the vet bills but provided a false name and number.

Luckily, there was a doctor at the park who drove Ms Beitmanas to hospital and her husband Richard Beitmanas was called to take Milo to the vet.

He is not fit to have a dog like that.

Eileen Beitmanas

The City of Mandurah rangers provided Ms Beitmanas with the man's correct number and name, but she said he has failed to return calls.

Milo's injuries cost the couple $3000.

The dog owner was fined $400 by the City of Mandurah rangers.

Ms Beitmanas is concerned the dog will strike again.

"I think that dog should be taken away from its owner if it behaves like that," she said.

"He is not fit to have a dog like that.

"If there had have been a child around, I don't know what would of happened."

A City of Mandurah spokeswoman said the offending dog had no previous history of attacks and therefore would not be euthanised or removed from the owner.

"The City is able to assist the victim through Freedom of Information to help with any civil action they take against the dog's owner in relating to injury or vet bills," she said.

"The offending dog has a lifetime registration currently with the Shire of Murray, and they are aware of the attack for follow up with regard to fencing and possible future offences."

The spokeswoman asked pet owners to ensure their dogs are under control at all times "to prevent situations like this one".

In May, Mandurah MP David Templeman called on local residents to have their say on the The Dog Act 1976, designed to assist with the control and management of dogs in WA, primarily carried out by local governments.

The consultation period will be open until August 4. To have your say, read the consultation paper and complete the short survey here.