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Dog Maulings In Qld

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Uniform laws urged as extent of dog attacks on babies revealed - http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0...01-3102,00.html

ALARMING new statistics reveal at least 11 babies or toddlers are being mauled by dogs every month in Queensland.

The figures come as victim Maud Isaak, 84, undergoes further surgery in a Brisbane hospital after two staffordshire terriers or pit bull-crosses savaged her in her Glasshouse Mountains yard last Friday.

The state's 32 public hospital emergency departments have treated 4471 Queenslanders for injuries since July 2007 – 144 every month. Statistics also showed 36 children aged 12 or younger were treated every month, including 11 aged three and under.

Royal Brisbane Hospital paediatric physician Dr Jason Acworth said he treated a child every fortnight, some requiring plastic surgery for horrific facial injuries.

"Unfortunately we see lots of face bites," Dr Acworth said.

Pit bulls and staffordshire terriers were responsible for most vicious attacks, but every breed was a danger if provoked, he said.

The RSPCA has called for uniform dog laws, which currently are enforced differently by many councils. The society's Michael Beatty said people should "punish the deed not the breed".

"There are some people who shouldn't have children, let alone animals," he said.

Brisbane veterinary behaviourist Dr Cam Day said owners were a problem but some dogs were "bent in the head".

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The society's [RSPCA] Michael Beatty said people should "punish the deed not the breed".

"There are some people who shouldn't have children, let alone animals," he said.

Brisbane veterinary behaviourist Dr Cam Day said owners were a problem but some dogs were "bent in the head".

I can agree with all these points. And am reminded of a local story that, as the dog was being PTS for biting the kid, they noticed (too late) that the kid had put a bunch of staples in the dog's ear.

Dogs should not be blamed for trying to protect themselves against torture by children. The statistics for attacks on children need careful review.

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The society's [RSPCA] Michael Beatty said people should "punish the deed not the breed".

"There are some people who shouldn't have children, let alone animals," he said.

Brisbane veterinary behaviourist Dr Cam Day said owners were a problem but some dogs were "bent in the head".

I can agree with all these points. And am reminded of a local story that, as the dog was being PTS for biting the kid, they noticed (too late) that the kid had put a bunch of staples in the dog's ear.

Dogs should not be blamed for trying to protect themselves against torture by children. The statistics for attacks on children need careful review.

I agree. Children don't always understand that animals don't follow human rules of behavior and habits. More education and supervision.

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