A baby girl has been rushed to hospital with facial injuries following a horrific dog attack, it has been claimed.
According to 9News, the youngster was mauled by a greyhound at a family home in Cranbourne West, Melbourne, shortly after 9am on Saturday. The girl suffered bites to her upper body, including her neck, cheek and shoulder.
The site reports she’s now in a stable condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Another woman was also injured and taken to the hospital in a non-life threatening condition.
A man who arrived at the property after the attack told 9News his greyhound was responsible.Officers from City of Casey council have seized the dog while police investigate the incident.
Currently, laws vary between states. Brisbane City Council declares a dog dangerous if it “has seriously attacked a person or another animal, has acted in a way that caused fear to a person or another animal or was declared dangerous by another local government”.
In QLD, a dog that is declared restricted or menacing must wear a disc specifying so around its collar, while the owner must put up warning sign by the entrance to their property. The dog must “always be muzzled and on leash when in public and handled by a capable adult”, and “confined in an enclosure that complies with set regulations”.
Once declared dangerous, the council says “you will be given certain conditions to follow,” which may vary from case to case.
According to government figures, there were 1,196 dog attacks reported to NSW local councils from July-September 2017.
It comes after twelve-month-old Kamillah Jones was killed by a rottweiler in March last year, while she was being pushed around in a pram by her mum in a street in Inverell, northern NSW. The incident was investigated by police, but no-one was reportedly charged at the time.
Just a day later, a 10-year-old Melbourne girl was rescued by her neighbour Jimmy Baird after being viciously attacked by what is believed to be a Bullmastiff, while her parents were out.