Zane’s great escape
Dog attack nightmare
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.