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AustraliaMan killed, wife seriously injured in horror dog attack

19:36  11 july  2019
19:36  11 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Police called to a deadly dog attack in Melbourne’s northeast opened fire in an attempt to stop the frenzied animal. Leo Biancofiore, 61, who used a wheelchair, was dead by the time officers arrived at the home in Mill Park about 6.40pm yesterday. His wife , 58-year-old Donita, was rushed to hospital

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Police called to a deadly dog attack in Melbourne’s northeast opened fire in an attempt to stop the frenzied animal.

Leo Biancofiore, 61, who used a wheelchair, was dead by the time officers arrived at the home in Mill Park about 6.40pm yesterday.

His wife, 58-year-old Donita, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and remains there today in a stable condition.

Man killed, wife seriously injured in horror dog attack© 9News Leo Biancofiore was found dead in his Mill Park home after being attacked by the family's dog.

Daniella and Radenko Subotic, who share a back fence with the Biancofiore family’s Ancona Drive home, said they heard a woman screaming for help.

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The dog was 'going nuts ' when it mauled to death a man in a horror attack . Victoria Police said they were called to an address on Ancona Drive after reports a man , in his 60s, had been attacked by a dog . The scene of a dog attack in Mill Park, Melbourne where a man was killed and a woman injured .

Man killed , wife seriously injured in horror dog attack . Neighbours said Leo Biancofiore, 61, was in a wheelchair and "couldn’t defend himself." He was found dead by police after being attacked by the family dog .

“She said please call police and an ambulance,” Ms Subotic told reporters.

Man killed, wife seriously injured in horror dog attack© 9News The dog is now in the care of the council as is expected to be put-down.

“I saw a dog on top of the body of the man and the lady was trying to help out.”

Ms Subotic said Mr Biancofiore was a “completely dependent person” and “couldn’t defend himself.”

“I saw him on the ground, so probably the dog dragged him to the ground (from his wheelchair),” she said.

The neighbours said they had no recollection of the dog previous acting aggressively.

Ms Subotic said when police arrived officers jumped the adjoining fence and fired “two shots” in an effort to scare the dog, believed to be an American Staffordshire terrier, from further attacking the couple.

The animal was captured by rangers and was euthanised last night according to Liana Thompson from the City of Whittlesea council.

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A 61-year-old Mill Park father has been remembered as a lovely man after he was viciously mauled to death by a pet American Staffordshire Terrier.

Neighbours, who banged on the fence and sprayed the dog with a hose, watched on in horror as Leo Biancofiore was mauled to death by an American Staffordshire terrier in an 'out-of-the-blue' attack that left his 'It was vicious, it was kill mode': Man dead, wife seriously injured in backyard dog attack .

“The dog in question was not registered in the City of Whittlesea and there have been no previous reports to Council about this dog," Thompson said.

Senior Sergeant Glenn Parker said the dead man's daughter-in-law gave consent to destroy the animal.

Man killed, wife seriously injured in horror dog attack© 9News Police were called after neighbours heard screams coming from the home.

"The dog belongs to the occupant's son, the dog's been here for quite some time," he told reporters at the scene.

"(The dog) will be taken to a veterinarian, and my understanding is that the owner of the dog has actually consented to that dog being put down.

"It's quite familiar with all of the members of the family and my understanding is it's out of character for the dog."

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