AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Edgeworth boy was still recovering in hospital the day after he was bitten multiple times by a neighbour’s dog on Sunday afternoon.
The boy was left with a broken arm and bite marks to his hand about 3pm after walking in a paddock that backs onto Edgeworth homes.
Police were told the dog, which is a registered DOBERMANN, approached a wire fence near where the boy was standing.
According to witnesses, the dog reached through the fence from the backyard and bit the boy.
The canine was not present at the home on Monday afternoon, and its owner declined to speak to the Newcastle Herald about the incident.
Lake Macquarie council did not say whether the dog had been put down, with a spokeswoman only confirming it was working with police to investigate the incident.
She said no further details could be provided at this stage of the investigation.
No charges have been laid.
A member of the boy’s family, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Herald the boy was shaken but getting better.
We were just sitting in the house and we saw there was a bit of commotion outside,” she said. “We ran over straight away when we realised who was in trouble.”
The family member said the ordeal “was just an accident” and they did not blame the dog’s owner.
“I cannot fault the owner’s response to what happened,” she said. “There is no one to blame. [The boy who was bitten] was riding his bike with a friend, and these things unfortunately sometimes just happen.”
The family member said it was up to authorities to determine whether the dog should be destroyed.
According to a nearby resident, there had been concerns about the dog in the past. Another neighbour said there were many young children who lived on the street.
A Dobermann is described by pet websites as being energetic and intelligent – but also dominant, territorial and aggressive.
Lake Macquarie council assured residents it treated dog attacks seriously.
“Council treats all reports of dog attacks or potentially dangerous dogs seriously, regularly prosecutes owners of dogs that attack, and issues dangerous dog declarations to those owners, as required,” the council said.