The father of a young woman brutally mauled by a dog at Whitfords beach has called for dangerous breeds to be muzzled.
His daughter was walking her four-month-old golden retriever puppy Oscar when a bull terrier attacked at the popular beach yesterday afternoon.
"She was on the beach with her puppy and a guy with his dog was coming the other way," her father John said.
"The guy said 'don't worry, he won't hurt you', and the next thing you know he's gone for the puppy."
The bull terrier's owner tried to pull the dog away as John's daughter Kellie, 26, grabbed it by the ear in a desperate attempt to drag Oscar free.
Covered in blood and suffering extensive bites to her hands and arms, she grabbed her injured puppy and ran down the beach.
John said she was in so much pain and shock she had to call a friend to take her to hospital and her puppy to the vet.
Oscar was last night in a critical condition awaiting surgery on puncture wounds.
John said Kellie, a graphic artist, was in pain but said she did not want the bull terrier put down.
He said either the local council or RSPCA should assess the dog. He called for laws to force owners of dangerous breeds to muzzle them in public.
"I assume this dog's still on the loose and if he's just turned suddenly like that there's obviously a problem," John said.