Zane’s great es­cape

Dog at­tack night­mare

Herald Sun - - NEWS - BRIGID O'CON­NELL brigid.ocon­

EACH morn­ing this week, Zane Knight has wo­ken from a night of bad dreams, with his first in­stinct to pull off the hel­met of ban­dages keep­ing his ear in­tact. The two-year-old was vis­it­ing fam­ily in Mary­bor­ough when he was at­tacked by a Jack Rus­sell-cross in the front yard of the home on March 5. Zane, who had his ear sur­gi­cally reat­tached at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal on Tues­day last week, is one of the lat­est vic­tims in a string of child maul­ings by dogs. A New­cas­tle boy, 3, also had his ear sur­gi­cally reat­tached af­ter an at­tack by a Great Dane on Tues­day last week. A one-year-old girl died last Satur­day in New South Wales when a rot­tweiler set upon the in­fant in her pram. A 10-year-old girl, who was at­tacked by the fam­ily South African boer­boel just over a week ago at her Ber­wick home, has since been dis­charged from the RCH. Zane’s mum, Jamie Maclean, said her teenage daugh­ter, who was next to Zane at the time of the in­ci­dent, tried to scoop up the boy dur­ing minute-long at­tack but the dog kept launch­ing it­self at the child. Af­ter first hang­ing off Zane’s ear, the dog then bit the boy mul­ti­ple times in and around his eye.

“Be­cause the dog kept go­ing him, if I hadn’t have been there, I think he would have been mauled to death,” Ms Maclean said.

“As the spe­cial­ist said, ‘They can give him hear­ing, but if the dog had taken his eye out, they can’t give him sight back’.”

A net ban­dage is help­ing keep his wounds to­gether, and away from the tod­dler’s pry­ing fingers, un­til mother and son re­turn to the RCH this week.

“I just wish he has a speedy re­cov­ery and no more bad dreams,” she said.

Cen­tral Gold­fields Shire gen­eral man­ager of cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices, Venkat Peteti said the dog in­volved in Zane’s at­tack had been seized.


Zane Knight, 2, re­cov­ers from the fright­en­ing dog at­tack.

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