Neighbors have described the horrible moment of a helpless wheelchair-bound man who was destroyed by an American Staffordshire terrier.
Leo Biancofiore was clubbed to death on Wednesday night at his home in Melbourne & Mill Park, with witnesses telling how his wife Donata was seriously injured while she desperately tried to save him.
Horrified neighbors heard blood-curdling screams and rushed to the house to help – but they were too late to save the man who had been on a mobility scooter.
& # 39; There was nothing we could do & they said The Herald Sun..
She described Mrs. Biancofiore as a hero after being fiercely attacked while trying to protect her husband.
Neighbors Radenko and Danielle Subotic have told how they desperately tried to help after pinning the dog to the ground.
& # 39; I heard the screams from my back yard. I saw him on the floor, & Mrs. Subotic told the Herald Sun..
& # 39; The dog was on top of the man's body & # 39 ;.
She said Mr. Biancofiore's wife screamed and tried to get the dog off – but the beast was too strong.
The neighbor said that her adult children sprayed the dog with a garden hose, but it refused to jump out of his madness.
Leo Biancofiore (photo left) was shocked to death in his suburban Mill Park house on Wednesday evening, with witnesses telling how his desperate wife Donata (photo center), also injured and hospitalized, tried to stop the attack
The dog (pictured) was owned by his son, Mark, 29, and was loved by Mr. Biancofiore and also showed no signs of aggression
It is suspected that Mr. Biancofiore is the fourth Australian to be killed this year by the dog breed.
Victims of previous American Staffordshire attacks were a 51-year-old man who suffered a medical condition in June before being attacked in Nowra, south of Sydney.
A 72-year-old woman also died of an attack in southwestern Sydney in May.
A 40-year-old man died weeks after being attacked by an American Staffordshire in January.
The newest killer, reportedly Junior, was from the son Mark of Mr. Biancofiore and is now euthanized.
American Staffordshire terriers are believed to be responsible for four deadly dog attacks in Melbourne and NSW this year
Sen. Sgt Parker said the victim's wife was trying to help him go outside to get away, but the animal continued the attack. A neighbor said there had never been any problems with the animal
When the police arrived at the scene, they fired on shots to try and prevent snapping.
The couple's cousin said that Mark had been completely destroyed by what had happened.
Senior Sergeant Glenn Parker said that Biancofiore's daughter-in-law gave permission to destroy the animal.
& # 39; It is an older dog, he is very familiar with all members of the family and I understand it is out of the dog's character, & said the officer.
The police believe that the dog attack has started inside the house.
Sen. Sgt Parker said the victim's wife was trying to help him go outside to get away, but the animal continued the attack.
A neighbor said there had never been any problems with the animal.
& # 39; It was unstoppable. It's a huge pit bull, & he said to The Herald Sun.
Another witness said the dog went crazy & # 39 ;.
Mrs. Biancofiore was transferred to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.
The dog was not registered with the local Whittlesea City Council and there were no previous reports to the municipality about the dog.
"The dog was euthanized last night and the council will continue to assist the Victoria Police in their investigation," said council spokeswoman Liana Thompson.
The dog was not registered with the local Whittlesea City Council and there were no previous reports to the municipality about the dog
RSCA Victoria & # 39; s Tegan McPherson said there were several causes of dog attacks, but breed was not necessarily one of them (stock photo)
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said The age there were no plans to limit the Staffordshire breed in Victoria.
& # 39; Based on the findings of the parliamentary survey on limited breed legislation, there are currently no plans to add to the limited breed list, & # 39; she said.
RSCA Victoria & # 39; s Tegan McPherson said there were several causes of dog attacks, but race was not necessarily one of them.
& # 39; Race alone is not a reliable predictor of aggressive behavior & # 39 ;, she told ABC Radio.
& # 39; From what we hear, this dog did not necessarily have a background of aggressive behavior until this incident. & # 39;
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