Detective believe a man who was found dead in his unit in Nowra, south of Sydney, earlier this week was mauled to death by his dog after having an epileptic fit.
Emergency services were initially called to the man’s unit on Monday after concerns were raised for the 51-year-old, who was later found with severe injuries — with police initially treating his death as suspicious, Australian Associated Press reported.
But a post-mortem examination of the man’s body has since ruled out murder.
“After further forensic tests at the scene and on the animal we are pretty confident that the dog, for whatever reason, attacked the man,” a police officer told News Corp Australia on Thursday.
According to the ABC, the dog was a staffordshire bull terrier.
A report is set to be prepared for the coroner as inquiries continue into the attack.
The devastating news comes just a month after woman died in hospital after being attacked by her pet dog at home in New South Wales.
The 72-year-old, along with her 74-year-old husband, was mauled by the canine with the woman sadly dying a short time later.
Upon arrival officers found the couple with lacerations and bite marks after being mauled by their dog which, according to 7 News, they had owned for three years.
Both the woman and man were treated at the scene for their injuries before being taken to Liverpool Hospital. However the woman’s condition deteriorated and she passed away.
Currently, laws vary between states over dangerous dogs. 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.
Meanwhile, according to South Australia’s Good Dog site, “if a dog has harassed, chased or attacked a person or another owned animal, council has the authority under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 to issue a Control Order that would classify that dog to be a Nuisance, Menacing, or Dangerous Dog. These orders will give directions on how the owner is to comply with the order”.