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Newborn lucky to survive dog attack

- MARIE HOGG

A NEWBORN baby mauled in her sleep by a family pet has been lucky to survive the attack by a “pack dog” that would normally kill its prey, says a leading veterinari­an.

The Sydney baby, below, underwent emergency surgery after the trusted Alaskan malamute left her with “significan­t” bites to her face. She remains in a critical, but stable, condition in The Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Vet Dr Rob Zammit, who described the breed as “dominant, pack animals” said the attack could have been worse.

“In truth, if it was a malicious attack on a child, with a malamute like that I would think the child would just about be dead,’’ he said.

Paramedics were called to the Campbellto­wn home at 3.30am yesterday after the child’s father woke to screams. It is understood new parents Aaron and Jessica Graham had put her to sleep in a bassinet at the foot of their own bed.

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