A prominent Victorian politician has been hospitalised after being mauled by a dog last week.
Federal senator Helen Kroger suffered bites to her face, arms, legs and hands when she was attacked by her neighbour's dog on Thursday, 3AW reported this morning.
The Liberal senator went to break up a fight between her two dogs and her neighbour's when she herself was attacked.
The neighbour's dog, a fox terrier, was being attacked by Senator Kroger's two dogs after it had slipped into her front yard, she told 3AW.
"There was only one way I could thought I could help this little dog and that was by picking it up," she said.
"Of course it was terrified so it decided to lash out at its saviour."
Senator Kroger was taken to Epworth Private Hospital in Richmond, Melbourne, where she underwent surgery and received stitches to her leg and fingers.
She is expected to remain in hospital for the rest of the week.
"I look a bit like an Egyptian mummy at the moment.".
"It just means I'll be watching question time from a hospital bed instead of a chamber."
She has said she doesn't want the dog put down.
Senator Kroger was elected to the Federal Senate in 2007 after spending three years as the state president of the Victorian Liberal Party.
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