Carpenter Errol Boys stands in front of the yard where he rescued Danielle Vercek from the jaws of a stray dog yesterday morning.
Carpenter Errol Boys stands in front of the yard where he rescued Danielle Vercek from the jaws of a stray dog yesterday morning. Tanya Easterby

Chippie fights off vicious staffy

CHIPPIE Errol Boys was not wearing his steel-capped boots yesterday.

He hadn't dressed for work that morning expecting to rescue a slender young woman from the jaws of a dog attack.

But that is exactly what he had to do when a dog strayed on to the front lawn of a Southside home about 7.45am, started fighting with a dog tied to a post and then turned on the dog's owner when she intervened.

Errol was working on a house site next door to two flats in a quiet residential street off Sorensen Rd when he first noticed the collarless, brown staffy walking down the road towards the flat rented by 29-year-old Danielle Vercek.

Danielle's pet dog Buddah was on a rope that had been tied to a post near her front door.

Danielle was inside the flat when the staffy walked up to Buddah and a fight broke out.

She immediately ran outside and tried to get in between them.

It was a painful mistake that could have ended much worse for Danielle if not for her knight in light-blue armour sporting a pair of once-white canvass shoes.

"The staffy was trying to go for Buddah's neck so I had my arm around his neck and the staffy latched on to my arm. I was down on the ground and yelling for help," she said.

Errol had seen the whole thing unfold and had run over to the scene to try to get the staffy off Danielle.

"I just started kicking into it. It took a lot of kicks before it let go," he said.

Once it let go of Danielle, the stray took off up the road, leaving Buddah with a wound to his neck and Danielle with multiple abrasions on her hands and legs, and two deep puncture wounds on her forearm.

Errol rang the ambulance and stayed with the badly shaken Danielle until she was in the safe hands of paramedics who transported her to the Gympie Hospital emergency department.

Anyone with information can contact Gympie Regional Council on 1300307800.

Buddah will be an indoors dog for a while now, his injured owner reckons.
Buddah will be an indoors dog for a while now, his injured owner reckons.
Gympie Times


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