THE owner of a dog who fatally mauled a four-year old girl says he would never have adopted the dog if he had known it was a pit bull cross.
An inquest into the death of Melbourne toddler Ayen Chol today heard more details about the attack which prompted tougher state legislation for dangerous breeds such as pit bulls.
Ayen died from head and neck wounds after the dog burst into her St Albans home, in Melbourne's western suburbs, in August last year from a house across the street.
In a statement written shortly afterwards and read to the inquest today, Ayen's mother described how her daughter had grabbed onto her leg in fear when the dog ran inside, screaming once before falling silent.
“The dog was crazy, biting anyone it could see,” Jacklin Ancaito said.
“The dog would not let go of my child's face. He was just shaking my daughter.
“There was blood all over the kitchen floor.”
Ms Ancaito said she had tried unsuccessfully to rescusitate Ayen, blowing air into her mouth.
“Whenever I close my eyes all I can see is what happened to my daughter,” she said.
The dog's owner, Lazor Josevski, told the inquest he would have had the dog, called Rex, destroyed if it had shown any previous signs of aggression.
“I wasn't aware that this particular dog was a particular breed that would be attacking people or killing them,” he said through a Macedonian interpreter.
He was not aware of the dog's breeding background because it had been purchased by his son.
“To tell the truth, if someone at the start had told me what breed of dog, what type of dog and what it was I never would have accepted it," Mr Josevski said.
“Now I don't even want a cat at home, let alone a dog.”
A magistrate last month fined Mr Josevski $11,000 after he pleaded guilty to owning a dog that attacked a person and caused serious injury, and owning an unregistered dog.
Stronger laws allowing for more serious penalties, including up to 10 years imprisonment for owning a restricted breed dog which commits a fatal attack, have now passed the Victorian parliament but did not apply to his case.
In a statement given to police shortly after Ayen's death, Mr Josevski said he had been watching Inspector Rex, the German crime show about a police dog, when yelling outside alerted him to the dog attack.
“I was not expecting Rex would bite anyone,” he said in his statement.
“We are good people and have brought this dog up in a good environment.
“Rex was obedient....easily the most obedient dog our family has owned.”
The inquest continues.