A 67-YEAR-OLD Whitebridge man has been operated on in the John Hunter Hospital after an alleged vicious dog attack in his own backyard.
About 1.50pm on Friday the man noticed two dogs, understood to be from an adjoining property, had entered his property.
When the man entered the backyard, his own dogs escaped from the house and were immediately set upon by the trespassing dogs – an American red nose staffordshire bull terrier and an English Staffordshire bull terrier.
The man told police he tried to separate the dogs when the intruding dogs turned on him.
The man sustained a laceration to his right calf, right ankle and right bicep. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and underwent surgery.
Police were able to locate one of the dogs, but could not find the American red nose staffordshire bull terrier.
Rangers from Lake Macquarie Council were called to help locate the second dog.
The council is investigating.