A Bunbury local is still recovering from a dog attack on the Tuart Walk trail more than two weeks ago that left a deep wound to his arm. Stephen Bowes was walking the track with his wife on September 20 when a light-brown muscular dog which looked like an American Bully breed jumped up at him and bit into his arm which was raised to protect his body. According to Mr Bowes, the dog overpowered its owner despite being on a lead and jumped to chest height, ripping through his shirt and holding on as it bit his arm. Mr Bowes said the attack happened suddenly with only a moment’s notice. “There was only warning in the second before, it went into a growly, barky position and launched straightaway,” he said. “It was shocking in that I wasn’t expecting a dog to attack unprovoked, there was a second of disbelief and then the next few seconds of self-preservation trying to get the bloody thing off.” Immediately after the attack, Mr Bowes said the wound began bleeding and he felt light-headed, he went directly to hospital where he was treated with an IV drip, anaesthesia on the wound and a flushing of the bite wound with saline water. After four hours in hospital, Mr Bowes was given a five-day course of antibiotics and the option to travel to Perth to get plastic surgery on the wounded arm. Despite the treatment, the wound became reinfected and now requires a further dose of stronger antibiotics. Mr Bowes said the injury had restricted the activity he could do at home and had caused issues sleeping. “The dressing is to me was a large part of the problem as far as pain and stopping me sleeping,” he said. “It does disturb sleep some nights more than more than others . . . it’s sore to the touch, sore to pressure so it’s finding the correct comfortable position to place the arm. “It’s tiring having pain with movement and with activity, it just takes it out of you.” Mr Bowes said in the moment he did not get the details of the female owner or the dog but he had put in a report to the Rangers in the hope the dog be identified and properly restrained to avoid putting others in danger. “My concern would be with the other users on the walk because there were many young mums with toddlers, most of them in push chairs,” he said. “If the dog can reach my chest with a lunge, if it took a dislike to a child for any reason they’d be serious damage.” Bunbury Mayor Jaysen Miguel said the City of Bunbury had received a report of a dog attack but there had been no success in identifying the offending dog or owner. According to Mr Miguel, the City of Bunbury had received 65 reports of dog attacks over the past year.