A mechanic suffered severe cuts to one of his other arms, cheeks and neck and also lost the other arm after being ferociously attacked by a customer’s two 50kg hunting dogs.
Brendan ‘Bear’ Clark, 43, was in the front yard of a property in Coonamble, central western NSW, about two weeks ago working on the customer’s car, when he went to get something from a shed and noticed two pig-hunting dogs staring him down.
Moments later, one had gotten hold of his left arm and the other his right, and Mr Clark was in the fight to preserve his life.
He made it known to the Newcastle Herald that the dogs had him on the ground swiftly, and he realised they were trying to tear life out of him.
‘One went for the face – he was heading for the throat, but he got a good bite on the face,’ Mr Clark said.
‘I realised he was the main aggressor. I grabbed him by the collar and gripped my fingers in to keep him away. He started chewing on my arm, and I thought – “You can have my arm, but you’re not having my throat”.’
Mr Clark said he had one hand in each dog’s collar at one point in the fight.
While he was initially trying to choke them so they’d release his arms, they were so quick as to inflicting injuries on him so badly all he could do was try to hold them off.
‘I could hear the bones breaking and the meat being ripped off,’ he said.
‘They were eating me alive.’
The battle between Mr Clark and the dogs lasted about an hour and half before the owner of the property, who was working in an office inside the house located ‘a bit down the road’, came to his rescue.
The dogs were put down straight away, but not before they had taken the mechanic’s right arm.
The horrifying ordeal has left Mr Clark suffering psychological trauma due to flashbacks that make him physically recoil, and an infection sustained during the battle means he is still struggling for his life.
A GoFundMe campaignhas been launched by his friend Jamie Everitt to help the mechanic with his medical bills, telling supporters Mr Clark was ‘always willing to help somebody and put himself last’.
‘A talented and skilled mechanic going about his work in a driveway of a customer, he was set upon by two very unwelcome dogs and as you can see he came off very second best,’ he wrote.
‘The fight he put up must of been horrendous to say the least.
‘Brendan we love you mate and we want to see you bounce back to happiness mate. The bills are going to be extreme, let alone doing everything left handed for a long time, so lets donate to a wonderful human being and top mate.’