Bull mastiffs attack victim: "I thought I was a goner'
CURLED up in thick grass, with two bull mastiffs chewing at his legs and arms, Timo Fuchs thought he was going to die.
"There was no way I could get them off, I was just buying time, trying to protect my vital areas of my body and I thought I was pretty much a goner," Mr Fuchs said.
"When I got up and tried to fight one of the dogs off, one of them grabbed me by the head and tore into my ear and then I was back down on the ground again."
The 33-year-old from Chevallum was going for a run on Friday afternoon, when the two dogs chased him down.
"It's not usually a way I jog; I usually jog down the road but I wanted to go for a bit of a trail run," he said.
"I was just running past a house and some dogs were barking and ran out. I thought it was a proper fence but it was just one of those horse fences so they could just charge through it.
"Then two bull mastiffs run up next to me."
Mr Fuchs said he slowed his pace to avoid giving the dogs a reason to chase him, when one of the dogs launched at him. Nearby, he saw a tree he could climb.
"I ran as fast as I could but in between me and that tree was a hollowed-out ditch and I went full force with my left leg into that ditch. I twisted my leg and broke it," he said.
"I tried to get up and the dogs were already onto the back of me. I was fighting for my life pretty much, trying to get these dogs off me."
Thankfully, Mr Fuchs's neighbour heard his screams and appeared with a "big stick" to shoo the dogs away.
"He came over and stood by me while the ambulance came," he said. "It was very scary. I thought I was going to die. Had he not have come, I'd hate to think about it."
Mr Fuchs was taken to Nambour General Hospital where he underwent his first round of surgery on Saturday to repair his left broken leg and stitch his wounds.
"They lost count of the stitches, they estimated about 56 stitches," he said.
Mr Fuchs said he required further surgery on his left leg, right arm and right leg.
Pointing out injuries over most of his body, Mr Fuchs joked it would have been nice if he had been wearing jeans and a helmet while jogging.
Mr Fuchs has been living in the United Kingdom for the past eight years, working as a tour and band manager.
He returned to the Coast in February for some down time and to see his parents.
Mr Fuchs said he was a dog-lover - his parents had five - but stronger local laws needed to be enforced.
Mr Fuchs said he was told the two bull mastiffs had been put down and he was unsure if he would press charges.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said they were investigating the incident.
He said any witnesses should call the council on 5475 7272.
American pit bull terriers, dogo argentino, fila brasileiro and japanese tosa are restricted and require a council dog permit.
Once a dog has been declared dangerous, menacing or restricted, owners are required to pay higher registration fees, provide and maintain adequate child-proof fencing, signs on gates or entries to their property, and obtain a permit for restricted dogs.