Police are searching for the owners of a ‘crazed’ German shepherd that attacked a US tourist jogging at a popular NSW beach.
Maya Kidan said the dog, which is believed to belong to a couple in their 60s, latched onto her right buttock shortly after 2:30pm Friday at New Brighton Beach, just north of Brunswick Heads.
Wounded and shaken, the US tourist claims the couple did little to assist her and quickly made their way through the bushes after she approached them.
“One of the dogs went crazy and grabbed my butt on my right cheek and I was in complete shock,” Ms Kidan told the Northern Star.
“I was screaming, saying ‘take the dogs away’ and the woman sitting in the dunes didn’t do anything."
Ms Kidan said she approached the male owner as he made his way out of the water, telling him “your dog just bit me”.
“I said ‘are they healthy and vaccinated?’ and he said ‘you’ll be fine'," Ms Kidan added.
With no contact details or assistance from the couple, a passer-by stepped in and drove the 29-year-old to Byron Bay Hospital where she was given antibiotics, vaccinations and pain killers for five gashes and two deep flesh punctures.
In order to avoid any infection, doctors left the wounds open to bleed out, leaving Ms Kidan bedridden.
Tweed-Byron Chief Inspector Gary Cowan said police were investigating the incident.
“Anybody that has issues with restraining dogs or dog attacks, 100 per cent needs to report that to the police,” he said.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the [https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ |Crime Stoppers online reporting page]