Woman may need both arms amputated after horrific dog attack in Darwin

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A 60-year-old woman has suffered "life-altering injuries" after she was mauled by a dog in the Northern Territory over the weekend.

At around 2am on Sunday, police were called to a home in Driver, a suburb some 20km south-east of Darwin, following reports of a woman being mauled by a dog.

At the home, police found the woman with "significant" injuries and attending officers began first aid until paramedics arrived.

In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, St John Ambulance NT said the call came in through Triple 0 at 1.50am on Sunday.

The call said the woman had been mauled by a dog with "possible amputation of both her arms".

Pictured is Royal Darwin Hospital, where the woman was transported after being mauled by a dog.
The woman was transported to Royal Darwin Hospital following the dog attack. Source: Google Maps

Police said an "aggressive" dog was found at the property and its owner surrendered it to council rangers who also arrive at the scene.

Another dog was found at the property and was also seized as it "showed signs of aggression".

"This is a terrible incident and a woman has suffered life-altering injuries," Commander Sachin Sharma said in a statement.

“At this stage, we have not charged anybody, but we implore all dog owners to make sure their animals are properly trained, controlled and restrained.”

St John Ambulance NT operations manager Craig Garraway told the ABC the reports he had received were "quite horrific".

"Reports of both arms being amputated from that episode," he said.

St John NT said the woman was transported to Royal Darwin Hospital as a "priority one" and there was an intensive care paramedic on board.

"We understand that the lady has undergone surgery and is in a critical condition,” St John NT said.

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