VICIOUS ATTACK: 16-month-old border collie, Missy, is lucky to be alive after she was attacked and suffered severe puncture wounds to her neck and head.
The accompanying pictures show what happens when a defenceless border collie is mauled by a vicious dog.
The owner of 16-month-old Missy is warning residents in the Rolleston area to keep an eye out for roaming mastiff dogs after the family pet came close to losing her life.
Saved by her collar, Missy received severe puncture wounds to her neck and head, while she was locked up in her run last Saturday morning, which suggested the dog which committed the attack was large.
Shocked and upset owner, Robin Savage, rushed Missy to the after-hours vet, who was also shocked and worried about her injuries.
"We were very upset that she'd been attacked. The whole ordeal has been challenging and frustrating. We are going around in circles. I contacted dog control and was told nothing could be done because I didn't see the attack, therefore I couldn't identify the dog who attacked her. She's lucky to be alive."
After treatment costing hundreds of dollars, Missy was given antibiotics and was able to come home later that night.
Reported dog attacks in the Selwyn District over the past year show there were 23 dog on dog, 27 dog on other (stock) and 13 attacks from dogs on people.
Mr Savage said he had no choice but to move Missy into another run to keep her safe.
"We've lived here for 17 years and have never had any issues. I want the Selwyn District Council to uphold the Dog Control Act and their own bylaws. The feeling is the council are too gutless to act.
"I don't care if people have dogs. The issue is they need to be locked up and kept under control.
"The power of their bylaws isn't sufficient.
"It's a council problem and I will be pushing for a resolution," he said.
Selwyn District Council senior animal control officer Steve Clarke said the attack is being investigated.