A six-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital with facial injuries following another horrific dog attack, it has been claimed.
According to Seven News, the youngster was mauled by her family’s German Shepherd in their garden in Tarneit, west of Melbourne, on Saturday.
It’s thought she escaped through an open window and let herself into the yard where she was attacked by one of several pets kept at the property.
The site reports she’s now in a serious condition at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Footage, published on the site, shows one of the dogs running around within the fenced yard, however the dog in question and its puppy were reportedly later taken away by authorities.
A neighbour told Seven they had had issues with the dogs in the past, adding: “Once, they come inside my house, I report to the council.”
It’s the latest shocking attack in Australia following a spate of them just a few months ago, prompting calls for tighter laws for dangerous dog owners.
Earlier this month, a 14-month-old girl died after being bitten on the face in a horrific dog attack in Neerim Junction, Victoria.
According to an official police report, it’s believed she was attacked by a German Wirehaired Pointer. The dog was later seized by the local council and put down.
Meanwhile, twelve-month-old Kamillah Jones was killed by a rottweiler in March this 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. He told 3AW of the rescue at the time: “It was out of control, the dog was going berserk. We distracted the dog while we got the girl out.”
The child suffered serious injuries, and was treated in the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The dog was later put down.
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.