Woman left to fight for her life after being mauled by two dogs – and was only freed when police pepper sprayed the beasts

A woman was left fighting for her life after she was brutally mauled by two dogs who surrounded her on a dirt road.

The attack happened in Trebeck Court on the outskirts of the south-east Victorian coastal town of Winchelsea at around 4am on Thursday.

Fortunately for the woman, her cries for help attracted the attention of officers, who were forced to use pepper spray on the wild animals to pry them away from the 54-year-old, the Geelong Advertiser reported.

A woman was left in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being attacked by two dogs (pictured generic photo)

Paramedics treated the woman at the scene before taking her to Geelong Hospital with critical injuries to her leg and upper body.

The woman remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

The police captured the two dogs and they have since been handed over to council rangers.

It is not clear what breed the dogs are.

Police in Victoria are investigating the circumstances of the attack and why the woman was out in the early hours of the morning.

Surf Coast Shire Community General Manager Gail Gatt said dog owners had a responsibility to keep their pets under control.

The dog attack occurred on a dirt road in the early hours of Friday morning

The dog attack occurred on a dirt road in the early hours of Friday morning

«Responsible dog ownership is vital to help keep people, pets and wildlife safe in our community environment,» Ms Gatt said.

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«Our message to dog owners is clear: Your dog is your responsibility.»

The Victorian region has seen a sharp increase in dog attacks – up 46 per cent (69) in 2023 compared to the previous year (22).

Anyone with information that could help with the investigation into the latest incident is asked to contact police.

Victoria Police has been contacted for comment.

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