A MAN has been killed and his wife seriously injured in a horror dog attack at a home in Melbourne’s north.
Emergency services were called to the couple’s home on Ancona Drive in Mill Park about 6.40pm last night.
When police arrived at the property, they found the dog still attacking the 61-year-old man in the backyard.
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Officers were forced to open fire, discharging a number of shots in the air in an effort to distract the dog.
Tragically, the 61-year-old man, who police said was on crutches, could not be saved and died at the scene.
The man’s wife, 58, was also seriously injured in the attack and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Nine News reported neighbours heard the woman’s screams and tried fighting off the dog with a hose.
It’s understood the dog, believed to be an American staffordshire terrier, belonged to the victim’s son.
Police said the animal was contained in the yard before being removed by a ranger at about 10.30pm.
The dog is being held by Council and is expected to be put down after its owners consented to it being destroyed.
MILL PARK: A man has been mauled to death by the family pet dog overnight. Neighbours say they heard his wife screaming before they jumped over the fence and tried to fight the American Staffordshire with a hose @7NewsMelbourne pic.twitter.com/p7ahw574t7
— Cassie Zervos (@cassiezervos) July 10, 2019