A ferocious mauling by two dogs in a western Sydney home has left three people in hospital, including a 40-year-old man fighting to stay alive.
A mother and her young daughter were also attacked with horrified onlookers putting themselves in danger to protect them.
An RSPCA inspector was part of a huge response after two mixed-breed dogs at a property in Tregear lost control about 12pm on Thursday.
The most seriously injured victim, a 40-year-old man, suffered multiple bites and went into cardiac arrest.
“He had injuries to his ears, to his face, to his abdomen, to his chest,” NSW Ambulance paramedic Phil Templeman said.
A CareFlight helicopter brought in a specialist doctor to help out before the victim was taken to Westmead Hospital in an induced coma and given a blood transfusion.
A 30-year-old woman and her 10-year-old daughter were also taken to hospital as police cordoned off the area as a crime scene.
Those who watched the attack unfold were praised for helping to save lives.
“There were multiple people in the street who had blood on them from the victims, who had all chipped in to try and control these animals,” Mr Templeman said.
A sign on the gate warns that the dogs inside could be dangerous, but police say the three victims were familiar with the dogs.
Late on Thursday afternoon specialist rangers brought the dogs out of the house one by one, alive but heavily sedated.
The 30-year-old woman, accompanied to the hospital by her 10-year-old daughter, was treated for serious bite wounds to her body.
It is likely given the severity of the attack that both dogs will be destroyed.