Dog attack that left an 11-year-old boy with horrific injuries devastates a ‘gorgeous’ family – as neighbours say they were scared of the aggressive pet
- Rogue pet that mauled 11-year-old boy’s face has been put down by the council
- Tearful owner helped council rangers load black doberman-cross into van
- Neighbours say the devastated family is ‘gorgeous’ but the dog was aggressive
- Grandmother frightened it would jump the fence for her two-year-old grandson
A rogue pet dog that mauled an 11-year-old boy’s face was put down on Sunday.
The child was hospitalised with facial injuries after family’s doberman-cross attacked him as he played in the back yard of his home in Melbourne’s northwestern suburbs on Saturday afternoon.
The boy was expected to return home from hospital this afternoon.
Police said the dog (pictured through the fence) is expected to be removed by council rangers
Brimbank City Council’s director of city development Kelvin Walsh said the dog had been destroyed.
‘The owner surrendered the animal to Council last night and authorised its euthanasia,’ he told the Herald Sun.
‘(It) was then carried out.’
Emergency services were called to the Cairnlea home about 3.20pm on Saturday after reports of an 11-year-old-boy being bitten by a dog.
He was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Neighbour Phillipa Giarrusso told the Herald Sun the family, who have been devastated by the attack, were lovely neighbours.
‘They’re a very nice family, we just say hello,’ she said.
‘He is a nice boy.
‘He is always looking for kids to play in the street.’
The unregistered black dog, believed to be an adolescent, was removed from the property by council animal management officers who were called to help police.
It resisted the leash as it faced the council van after being led out on a leash by a man, thought to be the owner.
Rangers helped to lift the dog into the council van with a towel, after coaxing failed to get it to jump into the vehicle.
The street where the dog attack took place on Saturday in the Melbourne suburb of Cairnlea
The owner called the dog a ‘good boy’ as the door slammed shut on the doberman mixed breed.
The owner was then comforted by police as he wept.
He was in tears after loading the dog into the council van, and was comforted by a police officer.
Ms Giarrusso said the dog was often aggressive and she had been frightened it would jump the fence to attack her two-year-old grandson.
Emergency workers at the scene of a dog attack in Melbourne’s north-west on Saturday
Victoria Police are investigating a dog attack in Cairnlea which injured a 11-year-old boy
‘You couldn’t make a move without it barking,’ she said.
‘Of course I am scared.’
‘I quickly take him (my grandson) inside because it will jump the fence.’
Another neighbour, named only as Vera, told the Herald Sun the family were ‘gorgeous’.
‘It’s pretty devastating for the family, the boy and the dog,’ she said.
‘I just hope he gets better,’ she said.
The attack was the second in Melbourne in three days, after an American staffordshire terrier mauled a wheelchair bound man to death and injured his wife in Mill Park on Wednesday night.
The dog belonged to the son of the man it killed, Leo Biancofiore, 61.
The dog involved in Saturday’s attack is believed to be a Doberman cross (stock image)