By SALLY GORDON
A SOUTH GRAFTON man underwent two hours of surgery at the Grafton Base Hospital on Friday night after being viciously mauled by a dog.
Grahame Peters, a former strapper for the South Grafton Rebels Rugby League Club teams, received almost 100 stitches for a severe dog bite to his lower left leg.
The dog, a staffordshire bull terrier cross, has been put down.
Mr Peters said he was the second person in the past fortnight to be attacked by the dog.
Clarence Valley Council ranger Neville Frost confirmed that following the attack, the dog was put down under the Companion Animals Act.
From his home in South Grafton, Mr Peters said he had been walking down Wharf Street at South Grafton to put in his footy tips when the dog charged at him from the front yard of a house.
"I was just walking along the footpath, and the dog charged at me. It was on a chain but the chain was too long," he said. "She grabbed me below the left knee and locked on. I had to pull my leg from the dog's mouth."
The 67-year-old said that after escaping the dog's jaws he dragged himself across the street to South Grafton Glass and dialled Triple 0.
"It (the wound) looked like a shark had bitten me. You wouldn't believe it was from a dog bite," he said.
"I put my finger on the pressure point to stop it from bleeding and held it there until the ambulance arrived.
"I was in that much shock ... there was blood everywhere."
Police and the council ranger visited Mr Peters in hospital to ask him if he wanted the dog put down.
Mr Peters had said that he did not want the dog put down because it had pups to care for.