WHEN Whaiora Gerrard was attacked by a dog on Friday, she didn't know how bad the damage was.

Alone and bleeding, Whaiora was surprised and relieved to see strangers rushing to her aid.

Whaiora was visiting a friend in Berserker on Friday when she approached the neighbour's dog and was bitten on the upper right arm.

She was hospitalised after suffering tissue, muscle and nerve damage and will find out the exact extent of her injuries during her first outpatient clinic.

Whaiora was expecting to leave hospital today after almost a week.

While she's not sure what breed the dog was, she said it could have been a mastiff cross.

RECOVERING WELL: Whaiora Gerrard is on the mend in Rockhampton Hospital after being bitten by a dog.
RECOVERING WELL: Whaiora Gerrard is on the mend in Rockhampton Hospital after being bitten by a dog. Chris Ison Rokcrecover

Whaiora said the incident was an "unfortunate accident" and said she did not want to see the dog destroyed.

"The owner feels bad enough as it is and it's a tragic event for everyone," she said.

"Dogs have a place. We need to be aware of the environments we live in, of sharing environments, providing safety for the dogs, for ourselves and for the community."

More than anything, Whaiora wanted to let those who helped her know that she was recovering after two surgeries. The first was to clean the wound and the second was to place stitches.

Whaiora said she felt fortunate to come away from the attack without permanent damage to her arm.

"I don't know who did try to help me, but I would like to say thank you to everybody," she said.

Dog complaints

The complaints received from January 1, 2015, to October 20, 2015:

144 dogs causing fear

155 dog attacks on an animal

72 dog attacks on a person

Source: Rockhampton Regional Council



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