Dog bites boy

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Dog bites boy

KORUMBURRA boy Rowan Treacy suffered serious injuries when he was attacked by a dog.

The 13 year old was injured by the neighbour’s American Staffordshire/Pitbull Terrier over the side fence on Saturday afternoon, August 23.

Rowan’s mother Cara Treacy was shocked.

“No one expects to be attacked on their own property, especially on a Saturday afternoon when you are minding your own business helping Nan mow the lawn,” she said.

The dog’s owners were away at the time of the attack which occurred at 4pm in the afternoon. They learnt of the attack when they returned home on the Sunday evening.

Bruce Gardiner, South Gippsland Shire Council’s acting manager of regulatory services, described the incident as a substantive dog attack.

“Our guy was on the scene within 10 minutes. Fortunately he was in the area at the time. The dog is now in our care,” he said.

Council has issued a summons and the 26 year old owner of the dog will appear before the magistrate at Korumburra on Thursday, September 4, charged with dog offences and registration matters.

“We do not muck around,” Mr Gardiner said.

Rowan, a Year 7 student at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha, sustained puncture wounds and lacerations, and required five stitches to his left upper arm.

Ms Treacy said, “If the attack had been higher, the dog would have got Rowan by the throat or on the face.”

The attack happened as Rowan was helping mow the lawn at home on Mine Road.

When he opened the side gate the dog jumped up onto a cubby house and attacked across the fence.

The attack lasted around 10 seconds before Rowan, punching at the dog with his free hand, managed to tear free and the dog dropped back onto its side of the yard.

He told his mother, “If the dog comes back I won’t ever go outside again.”

Ms Treacy said Rowan loves animals.

Could have been worse: an afternoon mowing the lawn with his Nan turned nasty for 13 year old Rowan Treacy who suffered puncture wounds and lacerations to his upper arm when attacked by an American Staffordshire/Pitbull Terrier.

Could have been worse: an afternoon mowing the lawn with his Nan turned nasty for 13 year old Rowan Treacy who suffered puncture wounds and lacerations to his upper arm when attacked by an American Staffordshire/Pitbull Terrier.

Confined: Rowan Treacy with his mother Cara. He told her that if the dog comes back he won’t ever go outside again.

Confined: Rowan Treacy with his mother Cara. He told her that if the dog comes back he won’t ever go outside again.

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