Child mauled on face by family dog

AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy is recovering in hospital after being attacked by the family’s pet dog in Melbourne’s north-west.

The child was mauled by a doberman-cross in the backyard of his home at Cairnlea on Saturday, The Age reported.

Paramedics were called to the Spearfelt Court property at 3.20pm and found the boy with serious facial injuries.


The 11-year-old was taken to The Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The dog, which was not registered, was secured in the backyard before being removed by local rangers, police said.

The animal has since been euthanised.

Brimbank Council’s city development director Kelvin Walsh told The Age it was a “tragic” incident.

“In a tragic backyard attack, an 11-year-old child was mauled on the face by a family doberman,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the injured child and we wish the child a speedy recovery.”

Council and Victoria Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

It comes just three days after Leo Biancofiore, 61, was mauled to death by his son’s pet American Staffordshire Terrier at his home in Mill Park, in the city’s north-east.

His wife, 58-year-old Donita, was also attacked while trying to help her husband and suffered serious injuries.

The dog was later euthanised.