Condell Park dog attack: Inside the fight to save cleaner Lynda Dowell as she is viciously mauled by an American Pit Bull Terrier
A cleaner brutally mauled by a dog while working at a suburban home was saved by brave tradesmen who pelted it with stones and a bin and police the ‘aggressive’ animal.
Lynda Dowell (52) arrived at a house on Warburton Street in Condell Park, in Sydney’s south-west, shortly before 1pm on Tuesday to clean when she was suddenly run over by the owner’s pet.
The dog, believed to be an American Pit Bull Terrier, bit her chest and limbs – and wouldn’t stop.
A group of artisans who work nearby, Ms. Dowell heard screams and rushed to save her from the terrifying attack, throwing what they had available — a trash can and rocks — at the dog before police arrived at the scene and subdued it with a Taser.
Ms Dowell was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a serious but stable condition while the dog was removed from the scene by dog handlers.
It has since been killed.
Lynda Dowell (pictured) was mauled by a dog while cleaning a property in south-west Sydney on Tuesday
Dog handlers are pictured removing the animal from the property on Tuesday
Ms Dowell is a mother and animal lover herself, with her social media accounts full of photos of her pet dog, Marshall, and cat, Bella.
“Sending you lots of love and good luck aunty,” her cousin Kiara wrote online.
“Hope you recover quickly!”
Disturbing footage from the scene showed two officers standing behind a wall as bystanders shouted at them to take action.
“It’s got to stop now, you’ve got to get her out of there mate,” shouted one tradesman watching from behind a fence.
Seconds later, a shot was heard as one of the officers fired a taser. The animal then started barking as someone shouted: ‘Where’s the ambulance?’
Emergency crews arrived a short time later.
Eyewitnesses said a group of hero traders ran from their workplace next door to try to help the stricken woman.
“Two traders actually pulled up and helped but they just couldn’t stop the dog from attacking the woman,” neighbor Peter Burzynski told the Daily Telegraph.
One of the men who ran to the woman’s aid, who identified himself only as Mohamad, said he fought desperately to free her from the dog’s attack.
‘I started throwing stones, I threw a crowbar at it, I threw small concrete slabs at it, I threw a rubbish bin at it and the dog wouldn’t move. He continued to sit on the floor and (torn the woman),’ he said.
‘That dog shouldn’t be in public, especially a dog like that. We all have children, it could have been any of our children, it could have been our mums, our wives, anyone.’
Ms Dowell suffered ‘multiple bites’ to her chest and arms in the terrifying attack
The woman in her thirties was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a serious but stable condition (pictured: the dog being taken away)
A NSW Ambulance spokesman said ‘multiple crews attended the scene’.
“They assessed and treated a woman in her thirties for multiple dog bites to her chest and limbs,” the spokesperson said.
“She was then transported to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition.”
A spokesman for the City of Canterbury Bankstown said: ‘After the dog was assessed it is clear that it could not be rehabilitated and has since been euthanised.’
A NSW Police spokesperson said: ‘At approximately 12.50pm today (Tuesday 6 February 2024) emergency services were called to Warburton Street, Condell Park, following reports of a dog attack.
‘Bystanders tried to intervene before police from Bankstown Police Area fired a Taser to stop the attack.
“A woman was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to Liverpool Hospital in a serious but stable condition.”