An American Staffordshire terrier rescue dog named Molly was dragged under water by a shark at 3pm on Sunday. Molly was playing at the dog-friendly Kurnell beach (during off-leash hours) in the south of Sydney.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the incident occurred only metres from the shoreline as the dog was running to catch a stick thrown by her owner, Nigel. The shark (believed to be a bull shark) was 3.5 metres long.

This comes after several shark sightings in the Botany Bay area this month. On February 9 a kite-surfer was filmed metres from a shark at Brighton Le Sands. On February 14 a young great white shark was spotted in Alexandra Canal in the Cooks River.

Sutherland Shire Council has since issued a warning to swimmers, asking them to refrain from entering the water around Kurnell, and for dog owners to keep their pets away from the water until further notice.

Dog owner Nigel has warned that the shark was “easily big enough to take a human”.

Take care and keep an eye out for any wandering pups.