Autistic man stable after vicious Rottweiler attack

  • 11/06/2018
The attack occurred on Great North Rd.
The attack occurred on Great North Rd. Photo credit: Google Maps

An autistic man is in a stable condition after a horrific attack by two rottweilers in Southland on Sunday.

Oliver Beaumont, 22 was walking through the small town of Winton, north of Invercargill, when he was mauled by a pair of what police have been told were "fully grown Rottweilers".

The incident happened on Great North Rd, between Gow St and Russell St.

A neighbour has described the attack, telling NZME Mr Beaumont was "completely covered in blood".

She ran out to help, but was unable to scare the dogs off. She said Mr Beaumont wasn't screaming despite the terrible wounds being inflicted on him.

"He doesn't react the same as other people would. There was no loud screaming," she told NZME.

Mr Beaumont suffered injuries to his face and arms, and was taken to hospital via ambulance. He's now in a stable condition after surgery and is expected to recover in time.

The Southland District Council dog control was notified, and both dogs have now been captured.

The Council says animal control is in the process of getting the owners to willingly give up the dogs, and both will likely be euthenised. Investigations are ongoing.

Police have thanked members of the public who intervened to help the victim.