Baby mauled to death by pet dog as fam­ily moves into new home

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

A ONE-year-old girl has died af­ter be­ing at­tacked by her grand­mother’s pet rot­tweiler.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to an In­verell home, in north­ern NSW, about 2.20pm yes­ter­day fol­low­ing re­ports of a dog at­tack.

On ar­rival of­fi­cers found the child suf­fer­ing crit­i­cal in­juries.

She was treated at the scene but died on the way to hos­pi­tal. The fam­ily’s rot­tweiler was found in the back­yard of the home and seized by In­verell Shire Coun­cil rangers.

The fam­ily was new to the area and were mov­ing into the Greaves St home when the at­tack oc­curred.

Sources con­firmed the at­tack oc­curred dur­ing a fam­ily bar­be­cue.

One neigh­bour who wit­nessed the af­ter­math said she was out the front of her house when a para­medic walked out of the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty with the baby in his arms.

“I just saw a young girl in an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer’s arms, which was dread­ful to see,” she said. “I didn’t see any marks on her so I thought it must have been a pool in­ci­dent. I didn’t no­tice any move­ment. I ran in­side be­cause it was a lit­tle too vivid to watch.”

She said the am­bu­lance then sped away with lights and sirens as two distressed women watched on.

The woman said a man ar­rived at the house a short time af­ter the in­ci­dent and was also very distressed.

Neigh­bour He­len Bed­ford de­fended the fam­ily on so­cial me­dia and urged peo­ple not to jump to con­clu­sions about the in­ci­dent.

“These poor par­ents are be­yond dev­as­tated and griev­ing,” she wrote. “Please stop with the nasty com­ments. I watched the am­bos try­ing to help her ... I feel sick now.”

Po­lice will pre­pare a re­port for the coroner. In the year to Septem­ber, rot­tweil­ers were blamed for 171 at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to a NSW gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial tally. In­spec­tor Ch­eryl Day said dis­traught fam­ily mem­bers had been of­fered sup­port ser­vices.

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