There are growing calls for a ban on American Staffordshire Terriers after two vicious attacks that killed a baby in a matter of hours.
A Central Coast community was rocked Sunday after a family pet beat a five-week-old boy to the death in his own home after escaping a neighbor’s garden in Kariong.
The dog has since been euthanized after reports recently mauled another dog in the back yard of another family’s home.
Just hours later, in a separate incident, another American Staffordshire Terrier brutally attacked a couple who were walking their Groodle dog in western Sydney.
Owner Damien Aggio and his wife Tina were strolling down the street in Pemulwuy with their beloved Peaches around 12 noon when the “killer dog” appeared out of the blue.
It had escaped its harness and ran across the street before its owner could stop it.
Owner Damien Aggio and his wife Tina (pictured with injuries from the dog attack) were strolling down the street in Pemulwuy with their beloved Peaches around 12 noon when the “killer dog” appeared out of the blue
There are growing calls for a ban on American Staffordshire Terriers after two vicious attacks in a matter of hours that left a newborn baby dead (stock photos)
“I heard the owner scream, ‘Look out,’ and I saw this big dog running across the street, straight towards us,” he told Nine News.
“Everything happened so fast. I tried to pick up our dog but it was too late. By now the big dog had clung to her.
“I tried to wring it out. I kicked and punched with my thumbs in his eyeballs. But it didn’t make any difference. ‘
Mr Aggio said it took five people to pull American Staffordshire from the Groodle, which was left with terrible injuries and remains in critical condition after four hours of surgery that cost $ 6,000.
With severe wounds on her bottom, the vets were unsure if Peaches would make it through the night, but the brave pooch survived.
Cumberland City Council has now seized American Staffordshire and the police are investigating the incident.
With severe wounds on her bottom, the vets were unsure whether Peaches (pictured) would make it through the night, but the brave pooch survived.
NSW’s Prohibited Dog Breeds
There are five breeds of dogs in New South Wales that are not allowed sold, bred or given away.
1. American pit bull or pit bull terrier
2. Japanese Tosas
3. Dogo Argentino (Argentine fighting dogs)
4. Fila Brasiliero (Brazilian attack dogs)
5. Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario dogs
There are now calls for American Staffordshire Terriers to be added to the list.
It comes after the terrible mistreatment of a five week old boy who was attacked and killed by an American Staffordshire terrier at a house on Jeffs Close in Kariong on Sunday at 2:20 am.
Police and paramedics attempted to resuscitate the little boy after rushing to the property, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Sunday afternoon, District Commander Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson described the situation as “a matter of tragic proportions”.
He said the fatal attack wasn’t the family dog’s first malicious attack – even in the past month.
Pictured: first responders at a Central Coast home after a young boy was beaten to death by a staff member
The American Staffordshire Terrier (stock image) attacked a neighbor’s dog just weeks earlier
“A neighbor dog apparently got into the backyard and was unfortunately torn to pieces by this dog,” he said.
“That was a separate incident, but that will also be part of our investigation.”
Superintendent Jabson said all first responders who visited the crime scene will receive advice and assistance after witnessing the devastating scene.
“Our police provided first aid on arrival. They did their best under the circumstances and are undoubtedly shocked by the incident, ”he said.
“Everything that has to do with children of any kind, especially these kinds, is absolutely traumatic.”
The situation unfolded at Jeffs Close in Kariong on the Central Coast of New South Wales (area stock image)
A five week old boy has died after being mangled by a family dog on the Central Coast of New South Wales
The boy’s parents were at home when their son was attacked by the now caged dog.
The situation is not treated as suspicious and a report is made for the coroner.
Mr Aggio said American Staffordshire dogs are “ticking time bombs” and should not be kept as pets in Australia.
“These are dangerous breeds of dogs that were bred to kill, not to protect. If we didn’t have the help we were doing, our dog would be dead … We were completely helpless. It was five minutes of absolute chaos, ”he said.