Detectives appeal as fatal dog attack investigation continues – South Coast

Police are appealing for public assistance after a woman died following a dog attack on the state’s South Coast earlier this year.

Just after 7am on Sunday 29 March 2020, emergency services were called to Collingwood Beach, off Elizabeth Drive at Vincentia, following reports of a dog attack.

On arrival, NSW Ambulance paramedics located five people suffering lacerations and bite marks.

They were all were treated; however, a 91-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

A 47-year-old man and three women – aged 29, 73 and 79 – were taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital in a stable condition. They have all been released, however, the two older women are recovering from their injuries at home.

Three dogs were seized nearby by Shoalhaven City Council Rangers and the owners have been assisting police with inquiries.

Officers from South Coast Police District established Strike Force Beaks to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

As part of ongoing inquiries continue, strike force detectives are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the attack but hasn’t yet spoken to police, to contact Nowra Detectives on (02) 4421 9699.

Police would also like to speak to anyone who may have encountered the three dogs prior to the incident.

Two of the dogs are described as being medium-sized and brindle in colouring. The third is medium-sized and white with brown patches.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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