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