A Melton woman is appealing for witnesses to a vicious dog attack on her beloved pet.

Karen Blacklaws has been at Maddy’s bedside as the six year-old Jack Russell fights for life at the Werribee Animal Hospital after a severe attack last Tuesday night (October 30).

Ms Blacklaws said her husband was out walking the couple’s two dogs, Maddy and Karly, a Maltese cross, when a man with three large dogs on leads, lost control of them.

“My husband wasn’t sure what breed the three dogs were but described them as very big dogs,” Ms Blacklaws told Star Weekly.

“Karly ran away and ran home but the dogs just set on my poor Maddy.

“The man took Maddy out of the mouth of one of the dogs and laid her on the nature strip … my husband thought she was dead.”


The Jack Russell has a punctured lung, neck and spinal injuries and wounds to her legs.

Ms Blacklaws said the pup’s neck wound was so deep her microchip was lost in the attack.

“She’s had to have two surgeries and she’s in a bad way in ICU,” she said. “It’s horrific.

“She’s not just a dog, she’s my baby.

“Imagine if they got a little kid, the kid wouldn’t have survived.

“There were people around who had seen the attack.”

Ms Blacklaws is urging anyone with information about the attack on October 30 about 6pm along Sunset Boulevard near the park to contact Melton council on 9747 7200.