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A Wodonga woman continues to recover from a dog bite attack which left a large hole in her arm.
Heather Saunders requires ongoing medical treatment following Sunday morning's incident, which appeared to have involved a blue heeler.
She had been walking with her husband, Trevor, on Yarralumla Drive before the incident.
The pair had stepped off the sidewalk to let a man pass with the blue heeler near the intersection of Huon Creek Road.
"The dog looked friendly," she said.
"All of the sudden he just jumped on my chest with his paws and I put both hands out to push him down.
"He grabbed my arm."
The dog remained on her arm as the owner tried to drag it off.
He had been apologetic and said it was a rescue dog.
The pair were unable to get his details.
"We had to get home and when I took my jacket off, I realised there was a hole there in my arm," Mrs Saunders said.
"The thing that worries me is that it could have been a child.
"I think if it's like that, it should have a muzzle on it."
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Mrs Saunders spent a day in Albury hospital with deep bite marks and underwent surgery.
Doctors thought plastic surgery may have been required.
The Wodonga woman needed stitches, a tube inserted, antibiotics and other treatment.
Her arm has become swollen and there are continuing concerns about infection.
"The dog looked friendly," she said on Tuesday after having the wound dressed.
"It had moved to get itself towards us and the owner had said "oh no, I'm sorry', and pulled him away.
"I think those sorts of dogs should be on properties and used for herding.
"But there are a lot of dogs you can trust and this one didn't show any sign of being aggressive.
"I don't want it put down or anything like that, I just want to raise awareness.
"People should be mindful when they're walking."
Mr Saunders also didn't think the animal should be euthanised.
"I don't know what can be done to tell the truth," he said.
"We just want people to be aware there are dogs out there walking the streets without a muzzle.
"The problem would be if the dog was walking the streets and it went past a child, it would have almost killed it with that bite."
Wodonga Council bans people from owning dogs involved in attacks and will not register or renew the registration of a dangerous dog, and orders such dogs be removed from the municipality.
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