Monday, June 22, 2015

CAMPBELLTOWN, NSW AU - AN ALASKAN MALAMUTE ATTACKED A 7-DAY-OLD INFANT IN ITS BASSINET CAUSING SEVERE FACIAL INJURIES

An Alaskan Malamute with another dog at the house in Campbelltown

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-22/baby-attacked-by-dog-at-campbelltown/6562320

Paramedics were called to the home in Hoddle Ave at 3.30am, after the seven-day-old baby was bitten on the face by the alaskan malamute dog.
The newborn was rushed to Campbelltown Hospital for treatment to facial wounds before being taken to The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Her injuries are significant but not life-threatening.
Campbelltown police Superintendent Wayne Benson said the child, who is currently undergoing surgery, was sleeping at the end of the parent’s bed in a bassinet when the incident occurred.
“The family is distraught and distress. We’re all parents so you can only imagine what that poor family is going through,” Supt Benson said.
“It’s a family pet that lived inside with the family. It loved and cherished members of the family so we are not sure what occurred in this particular point in time.”
Supt Benson said the mother woke up and feed the baby at 3am and put the newborn back in the bassinet.
“The father heard the baby screaming, looked up and saw the family dog leaning into the bassinet,” he said.
“As you could appreciate, it’s quite a stressful situation for the parents. We are just leaving the parents alone at the moment.”
The police are not aware if the dog has had aggressive behaviour in the past but it remains at the family home at this stage.
“Sometimes these things occur. They are terrible accidents,” Supt Benson said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the baby to make sure she makes a full recovery.”
Campbelltown Mayor Paul Lake said the council may declare the dog dangerous, which would place control restrictions on the pet, or the owners may decide to surrender the dog to be euthanased.
“The parents have not yet been spoken to by council staff as I think they have more on their mind at the moment,” Cr Lake said.
“It’s up to the owners to decide if they want to surrender the dog. It’s their dog; it’s a family member.”
RSPCA NSW chief veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad said dog attacks most commonly occurred by owned dogs in the dog’s home.
“It is important to ensure all children are supervised around any dog,” Dr Awad said.
“Do not assume that just because it is the family dog and knows the children, it would be fine.
“The behaviour of the children around dogs is a major factor in dog bites, for example screaming.”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's just say that we should choose a pet incapable of causing severe harm or death. These parents have something to say to others about their experience, and how they would do things differently had they known. Well, now they sadly do, and hopefully you too, will heed this lesson.

Sputnik said...

It's not a question of being capable of doing such harm. It's a question of wanting to. All dogs can bite. The vast majority doesn't want to, and if they feel they must they'll be careful to cause zero to minimal damage. It's just a handful of breeds doing this mauling and killing, even of infants. I'm appalled at how many people are nowadays brainwashed into believing that this is behavior all dogs will show if only they can. This amounts to cooperating with the pit nutters in their attempts to normalize pit bull behavior as general dog behavior.

The problem is the pit types and mixes, with the Rottweiler way, way second, and a very small number of other breeds that are way, way, way, way, WAY third, fourth and fifth. All of this is the result of selective breeding for abnormal aggression. Please don't fail to absorb the word ABNORMAL here. This behavior is absolutely not normal in the domestic dog. They will NOT all of them try to kill the baby in the night, nor will all of them try to kill you just because they're in a group, nor because someone slams a door, slips on the ice, sneezes, mows their lawn, etc.

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY SPUTNIK!

I am so thoroughly sick of nutters trying to condemn every dog, just because their pit bulls do what they were bred to do. Malamutes are dangerous dogs too. They're almost always on the list of dogs most likely to attack. Malamutes have a dog aggression problem as well. Sound familiar?