A HUSBAND rushed home from work after discovering his wife and her male dance-club partner had been badly mauled by a dog which police then shot dead yesterday.
Office worker Alan Edwards was alerted by police and arrived home 30 minutes after the incident, in which his wife Michelle and a male visitor, whom she met at St Marys Band Club, had sustained numerous bite wounds.
Police were called to the couple's home in Buckland St, St Clair, about 2.40pm after reports the dog - a four-year-old staffordshire bull terrier named Chopper owned by the couple's son - had attacked.
The dog turned on police, who sprayed it with capsicum spray and Tasered it.
While the dog at first ran off, it returned and was again hit with capsicum spray as it tried to attack a male officer, who shot the dog dead.
Police said it appeared only one dog was involved in the attack although there was another dog, an 18-month-old called Bella, that shared the backyard with Chopper. There was a fox terrier in the house.
Those dogs remained on the property last night.
Early reports suggested the dog in question might have been a pit bull terrier - a breed that has been banned in Australia since 2005.
But police last night confirmed that the animal was a staffordshire bull terrier.
The injured man and woman were taken to Nepean Hospital for treatment for serious lacerations and shock and remained there last night.
Mr Edwards said both dogs were normally kept in the backyard. He said he understood his wife was in the backyard hanging out washing when her friend arrived and probably tried to gain access by cutting through the garage.
The man, aged in his 50s, was attacked first, then Mrs Edwards, who is in her 40s, was bitten.
Mr Edwards said he could not understand the attack.
"Chopper was a lovely dog, this is completely out of character," he said.
"I don't know what would make him attack."
Teenage neighbour Luke Martin said he thought the dog was going to kill its owner and raced across the road to the couple's aid.
"I was inside the house when I heard someone screaming, then I saw one of the dogs latched on to the woman's arm ... there was blood everywhere," he said.
The 17-year-old grabbed a metal pole and started hitting the dog to try to get it to release the woman.
Fellow neighbour Letitia Gavin also saw the attack.
"That was the most terrifying thing I've ever seen in my life," she said.