This on Ninemsn this morning.
Family dog rips face of girl, 4
A young girl bitten on the face by the family dog is in a serious condition in hospital.
The four-year-old girl was playing with the labrador while it was eating its dinner at her home at Nimbin in northern NSW on Monday night.
"The dog appears to have turned on the child, biting her face and removing a large piece of the girl's cheek," police said.
The girl was taken to Lismore Hospital and has since been transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital for surgery.
Police said the dog's fate was yet to be determined.
I am sorry but if anyone should be punished it should be the parents who were letting their 4 year old play with a dog that is eating its dinner. The dog should absolutely not be punished for this even the most well behaved well socialized dog could snap in that situation, she probably reached for its food or made a sudden movement that frightened the dog. The parents should be charged with negligence or something similar as should every parent in a similar case. Grrrr how infuriating.
I do hope the girl is ok and makes a full recovery, I realise its not her fault at all but her parents.