Not even tasers were enough to subdue the three savage dogs who attacked Diane, 43, and her partner Peter, 48, outside their Penrith home in western Sydney on Wednesday night.
Two of the dogs were described as being of American Staffordshire Pit Bull type dogs.
The three victims were taken to Nepean Hospital for treatment after Peter suffered severe bite wounds to both arms and legs while Diane was bitten on the leg and hip.
Their neighbor Marie was also bitten while attempting to intervene in the attack.
A decorated police officer who rushed to the Parker Street scene suffered a dislocated shoulder and deep bite to her leg after two of the dogs knocked her to the ground.
Inspector Kylie Koenig from Penrith Local Area Command said the officer's leg wound went through to the bone and that she would need surgery.
'There was a young child that was present at the time,' Inspector Koenig said.
'They were extremely vicious dogs that required police to utilize OC spray (pepper spray) numerous times and even resort to the use of a Taser, which had very little effect.'
Other officers pepper-sprayed the dogs in an effort to stop the attack until a council ranger was able to capture the animals.
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As of Thursday afternoon, the dogs were being held by Penrith Council, where a decision was made to destroy them, according to 9 News.
Kirk Wake allegedly threatened a senior constable after he was told the dogs had been taken to the pound.
The 29-year-old and his 31-year-old girlfriend, Shelley Hoffman, were both due to face Penrith Local Court on Thursday.
The 31-year-old woman is accused of intimidating neighbors and breaching bail conditions.
(Daily Mail - Nov 24, 2016)