Thursday, June 22, 2017
KURANDA, QUEENSLAND AU - A BULLMASTIFF BELIEVED TO BE A FORMER PIG-HUNTING DOG ATTACKED A 3-YEAR-OLD BOY ON THE FACE
The father of a toddler who was hospitalised when his head was split open and cheeks punctured from a dog bite has called for the animal to be killed.
Forest Gardens plumber George Vizzard’s three-year-old son, Fredrick, was discharged from Cairns Hospital with about 20 stitches to his face on Wednesday. He was bitten by a BULL MASTIFF at a private property in Kuranda two days earlier. The alleged attacker was believed to be a former pig-hunting dog and had not been seen by Mareeba Shire Council yesterday. Mr Vizzard says he wants the dog found and put down.
“I was at work and got a message that he had been bitten. I thought it was his arm or something but then I got to hospital and saw his face had all been stuffed,” the 26-year-old said.
Mr Vizzard was shocked when they took his son’s bandage off.
“The bite starts up his hairline and comes down to his ear,” he said. “He had puncture wounds in his cheeks.”
Fredrick was taken to Cairns Hospital on Monday afternoon in an ambulance. A Mareeba Shire Council spokesman confirmed a report was received yesterday morning and officers were investigating the allegations. “Council is working with QPS and the owner of the dog to locate the animal,” he said. “Council has contacted the owner of the dog and those involved in the incident.”
The spokesman said appropriate action would be taken once the investigation was complete. Mr Vizzard said it was a “big dog”. “I don’t think he mauled him or anything,” he said. The attack is one of 99 reported dog attacks in the shire this financial year.
Mr Vizzard has urged parents to be careful when their kids are playing around dogs. “Especially if they are hunting dogs,” he said.“ It doesn’t matter if the owners tell you it’s placid. This dog was usually pretty placid – that is probably why they didn’t expect it. “The dog must have been in a bad mood or something that day.”