Dog mauls toddler to death

2011-08-18 09:13

Sydney, Australia – A mother whose four-year-old girl was mauled to death by a dog in Melbourne said today that the neighbours who owned the cross-bred pitbull-mastiff just looked on as her child was ripped from her.

Jackline Anchito told national broadcaster ABC that her neighbour’s dog ran into her house and latched on to Ayen Chol, who was dead before an ambulance arrived.

Two of the dead girl’s relatives, a five-year-old and a 30-year-old, needed hospital treatment for lacerations that will leave them scarred.

The dog, which was unregistered, will be put down after yesterday’s attack but police are yet to charge the owners.

“This is a really horrible tragedy, and it’ll take some time for us to fully understand what’s happened,” Superintendent Graham Kent told the ABC.

The savagery has renewed calls for dangerous dog breeds to be banned.

“We want to make sure that we give councils the resources to deal with those dogs,” Ted Ballieu, premier of Victoria state, said.

“We want to encourage communities to get involved in identifying them and we want to make it a much more significant offence with heavier penalties for anybody who is in charge of an unregistered dog or whose dangerous dog attacks or damages anybody.”

But Colin Muir, head of the American Pit Bull Club of Australia, said the owner was to blame not the breed.

“A breed doesn’t do these things, an individual dog does - and it’s irrelevant what the breed is,” he said.

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