A five-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after he was attacked by his family’s pet dog on Sunday evening.
Emergency services were called to a house in Sunshine, Lake Macquarie, after reports a child had been bitten by a dog, a NSW Police spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au.
The young boy, who was bitten on the face, was treated at the scene before being flown to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney’s west.
His injuries are believed to be non threatening.
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The dog has been secured and an investigation will commence with Lake Macquarie Police District and the local council, the spokesperson said.
It comes just one month after a mother lost her newborn baby after he was mauled by the family’s pet rottweiler in New Zealand.
The animal had set upon the baby boy at an Enderley property in Hamilton, New Zealand on the country’s North Island, leaving him in a critical condition.
St Johns Ambulance rushed him to Waikato Hospital where he was being treated at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The infant had spent the night fighting for his life, however, the next day police confirmed the newborn passed away.
The baby boy was bitten by the dog when his mother went to the toilet.
A neighbour told Stuff she had seen the mother sitting on the grass verge next to the road, tenderly holding her baby.
“I sat beside the mother and put my arm around her,” Karen said.
“The baby boy was crying really hard. He was just so little.”
The woman who only wanted to be called by her first name said the baby boy was “all dirty and had bits of blood on him”, adding that she understood the dog had tried to bury the boy.
“All she did was pop to the toilet and it happened just like that,” Karen told Stuff.
“The whole thing is horrible, every time I close my eyes I just see him.”