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    Default Family Sues Over Fatal Dog Mauling ....

    Can anyone else remember this?

    I seem to recall that at the time it was said the girl had a dead chicken that she was trying to feed the dogs and also that the dogs were next door to this family and she had gone over the fence of something of the like.

    Fatal dog attack | Family sues

    I grew up 'out there' and these kinds of dogs were part of life. Most of the time they were OK with people but even as kids you knew not to go near them. He had 6 in his yard - excessive perhaps but not uncommon in those places. If anything comes of this perhaps it will be that Councils will act when told about 'dangerous' animals time and time again how many of us have rung Council about a dog, several times, and nothing has been done?

    I really feel for this family, my daughter is 6 so I can start to imagine their pain.......

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    Yes, I remeber this. I recall wondering why a 4 year old was wandering alone and why it took so long for somene to realise what had happened.

    So many wrong things that came together that resulted in such a horrible death.
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    nope don't fully remember but it does ring a very small bell

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    I know quite a few people with pigging dogs, and they're the most beautiful, well-trained dogs I've ever met. I was originally thinking that the family was definitely at fault for not watching their little girl (and making sure she doesn't get into a yard full of large dogs??), but there's something wrong if these dogs haven't already been dealt with, if they're as aggressive as the article claims.

    I don't think "last warnings" should be given when you have large, aggressive dogs that chase PEOPLE. Just my opinion, but they should have been destroyed a while ago (certainly before this happened ).


    "The court heard Mr Wilson's dogs roamed Warren's streets and two people had previously been bitten. A woman and her children were bailed up at their house and Mr Kuehne had phoned the council about the animals chasing his sons."

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    A lot of kids drown because they wander off, go "swimming" unsupervised and drown.

    I think this happens way more often than dog attacks.

    However dog attacks in public places - the book should be thrown at owner and dogs PTS and council should pay compensation if they had been previously informed (in writing / via email) and did nothing.

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    I don't really understand your point, Hyacinth. Of course kids drowning due to lack of supervision is more common then kids being attacked by dogs, but that doesn't make the parents any less at fault.

    I realise children can be very fast and a little bit sneaky when they want to be, but there's really no excuse for such a lack of supervision that a child dies.

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    The report is a bit vague - were the dogs secured at all. Did the kid wander into their yard, did that make any difference ie report said these dogs had been roaming the streets so is what happened equally likely to have happened in the front yard of the child's home.

    So it's the parent's fault if the child wandered into the dogs' back yard same as if the child had wandered into a creek and drowned. But it's the council and dog owner's fault if the place where the dogs were was not secure from dogs getting out or children getting in or the dogs were in a public place ie the street and attacked.

    It's much harder for parents to protect a supervised child or a small dog from aggressive dogs roaming wild in public spaces.

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    It did say that the dogs were kept in the yard, and the child wandered from her home. I assume then, that she did indeed wander into the dogs yard. The report seems to imply that this incident and the dogs wandering were separate.

    Don't get me wrong, I fully believe the dogs' owner was at fault as well. They should have been dealt after the first incident.

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    Dog attack victim named - National - theage.com.au

    She got into the dogs yard, through 2 fences, the dogs were chained, she knew the dogs and knew the family. I seem to recall she was going to feed them...have yet to find that. She was missing for 2 hours.....that is a worry...

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    But using the example of swimming pools, he (Rural Affairs minister Tony Kelly) said parents needed to be cautious in mixing children and dogs.
    So he thinks much the same as me. It's as if the child was allowed to wander unsupervised to play in the local creek or with native wildlife like snakes.

    But the dogs were not properly secured. They were chained but two of them broke their chains, and the fence was not child or dog proof.

    So there is a fair bit of blame all round in this case. I do feel sorry for the parents. Toddlers cover a lot of distance very fast and some of them die as a result. There are many ways for that to happen. Getting run over by the family car, in the local creek or dam or swimming pool (that's why those are supposed to be fenced) etc.

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