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Woman, 72, mauled to death by pet dog at Sydney home

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 17/05/2019 Zara James

A 72-year-old woman has died and her 74-year-old husband is injured after being attacked by their pet dog in Sydney’s south-west yesterday.

a person with the mouth open: Rosemary O’Reilly, 72, has been mauled to death by her pet dog at her Sydney home. © Supplied Rosemary O’Reilly, 72, has been mauled to death by her pet dog at her Sydney home. Rosemary and Derek O’Reilly were mauled by Athena, their staffy cross Rhodesian ridgeback, at their Hornby Street, Wilton home at about 1.30pm.

Family members told 9News Athena attacked Mr O’Reilly when his wife stepped in to help and was also mauled.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said Mrs O’Reilly suffered large lacerations to both her arms and puncture wounds to her right shoulder.

Mr O’Reilly also suffered bite marks and lacerations.

The dog had already been restrained when paramedics arrived.

a man in a striped shirt: Derek O'Reilly has been injured in a dog attack at his Wilton home. © Facebook/Derek O'Reilly Derek O'Reilly has been injured in a dog attack at his Wilton home.

The couple was taken to Liverpool Hospital where Mrs O'Reilly, described as an animal lover, died.

Athena was impounded by Wollondilly Shire Council rangers, who said the dog hadn’t previously been reported to council.

"The fatal dog attack that took place at Wilton yesterday afternoon is extremely upsetting to us and our community; and our thoughts are with the family and all of the first responders that had to manage this very distressing incident," the council said in a statement.

The council also said its Animal Control Officer went to the property, at which a number of other microchipped dogs are registered.

"While this is now a police matter, council is providing assistance as requested from the appropriate authorities," the statement said.

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