A teenager had his ear bitten off when he was attacked by two American Staffordshire terriers while walking his dog in Sydney’s south west yesterday afternoon.
The 19-year-old was walking along Lehn Road, East Hills, about 3.20pm, when the dogs ran towards him.
When the teenager tried to save his own dog, the terriers began mauling his legs and he fell to the ground, police said.
Police said the two dogs then began biting his head and tore off his left ear.
Neighbours came to help the teenager, and the dogs ran away.
The teenager’s ear was found and surgeons at Liverpool Hospital worked to reattach it, but a spokeswoman for the hospital could not confirm whether the operation was successful.
The two dogs have been seized and their owner is assisting police.
Police originally said the dogs were pit bull terriers, but have since been given updated information on the breed.
Inspector David Firth, from Bankstown police, said police believed the dogs escaped from their yard.
“My understanding is they actually scaled the colourbond fence,” Inspector Firth told ABC 702 this morning.
He said police were speaking to the owner, who had been of “great assistance” in giving information about the dogs.
“He has owned them both since they were puppies and, in consultation with the council, we will be looking at taking action against him.”
Inspector Firth said the breed is not on the restricted dog list in NSW and the dogs had not been declared dangerous.
“There was not any history of them attacking anyone in the past.”
In 2010-11, there were 252 reported attacks from American Staffordshire terriers in NSW, and 16,503 of the dogs were registered with councils, according to local council data.
The five breeds that were responsible for the highest number of attacks in that period were the bull terrier (Staffordshire), Australian cattle dog, German shepherd, American Staffordshire terrier and rottweiler.