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AN aspiring ironman who suffered a broken shoulder blade and ribs when a dog jumped in front of him on a bike trail is fuming the animal’s owner left without calling an ambulance.
The dog was off-lead in an area where dogs have to be “under effective control”.
Rob Ferdinands, 47, has spent the past 18 months training for his first ironman event, in December in Western Australia, but that dream has now been dashed after the crash on October 7.
Mr Ferdinands flipped over his handlebars after T-boning a dog that “blindsided” him on the Dandenong Creek trail, near Wantirna Reserve.
Mr Ferdinands was riding about 30km/h and said he was distracted by a dog on the right side of the path when a second dog ran out of the long grass from the left.
The crash left him bloodied and short of breath and he spent the night in hospital with a broken shoulder blade and two broken ribs.
The father of two from Narre Warren East said the injuries had taken a toll on his everyday life.
He appealed to the dog’s owner to contact him.
“If they had have stopped and maybe apologised and given me their number I wouldn’t have pursued it further,” he said.
“The fact is they made that conscious decision to leave, even though they could see I had trouble breathing.”
Mr Ferdinands said he was dazed at the time but remembered lying on the ground “muttering expletives” about the two dogs not being on a lead.
“I was pretty angry to be honest, that was my first reaction, then I realised I was in serious trouble,” he said.
He said other cyclists eventually stopped, helped him off the path and sat with him until paramedics arrived.
“They were great,” he said of the good Samaritans.
“One of the girls put a Band-Aid on my grazed elbow, which was a nice gesture. That reassured me there are good people out there.”
He said the dog was black and white, believed to be a blue heeler, and the dog’s owner was an Asian man.
Anyone with information can contact Mr Ferdinands at firstname.lastname@example.org