Two-year-old girl is rushed to hospital with facial injuries after being mauled by her family dog – as her father and neighbours desperately pulled the vicious animal off her
- BREAKING NEWS: Toddler rushed to hospital after dog attack
- The two-year-old girl was bitten on the face by a family dog
A two-year-old South Australian girl has been rushed to hospital after being viciously attacked by her family dog, a 35kilogram South African boerboel.
Dad Chris Walker told 7NEWS he heard the dog growling and ran outside to find it mauling his daughter Ellara Rose’s face at around 1.30 on Monday afternoon.
He managed to pull the dog off his defenceless child and then neighbours held the animal until an ambulance arrived to the house on Camilla Avenue in the suburb of Osborne, 25km north of Adelaide’s CBD.
The toddler’s face was badly bitten, but neighbours say it could have been much worse if her dad had not reacted so quickly.
Ellara Rose was rushed to the Woman and Children’s Hospital with her mother by her side.
A two-year-old girl (pictured) has been rushed to hospital after being attacked by a family dog in Adelaide
Community Safety Officers from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council later removed the dog from the home.
‘The owner surrendered the dog, and it was immediately removed from the property,’ a spokesperson said.
Neighbour Anthony Dear said ‘the ambos were just pulling up as I was pulling in,’ and that the dog was still there at the time.
Community Safety Officers from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council later removed the dog (pictured) from the home
The child (pictured on the stretcher) was taken to the Woman and Children’s Hospital with facial injuries
He told 9News that the dog has been ‘fine with me’ and that it was a ‘big dog’.
A South Australia Police spokesperson said ‘Council are now dealing with the matter.’
An investigation is under way to decide the dog’s fate.
More to come.