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No charges over horrific dog attack which left girl, 6, with hundreds of stitches
• by: Katie Robertson and Todd Cardy
• From: PerthNow
• June 04, 2012 9:40
Nine News - Dog pack attack
No charges laid but investigations continue into a horrific dog attack on a six-year-old girl.
RECOVERING: Maya Wicksteed,6, in Princess Margaret Hospital where she is recuperating after a horrific dog attack. Picture: Channel Nine Source: PerthNow
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the horrific dog attack which left a six-year-old girl with hundreds of stitches to her head, but no charges have been laid.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels told PerthNow that the three bull Arab mastiff dogs had been impounded and investigations were continuing into the appalling attack which left Maya Wicksteed with horrific head and facial injuries.
Three other dogs involved in the attack, including a german shepherd and a red cloud kelpie, remain at the Baldivis property where the attack took place on Friday afternoon.
Police are investigating the attack. The investigation will determine whether the owner should be prosecuted, if the dogs should be destroyed or whether they be returned to the owner.
Mayor Sammels said no decision had been made on the future of the three dogs. He said it was possible the dogs could be euthanased, the owners prosecuted over the attack, or the dogs could even be returned to their owne
"Being a long weekend hasn't made things any easier so that will probably take the better part of this week, by the time our officers get out there and interview everybody," Mr Sammels said.
Mr Sammels said the three dogs were voluntarily surrendered and remained at the council pound. A decision had not been made about whether the dogs will be put down.
Mayor Sammels said he had been told Maya was "doing well".
"Physically, she should recover but I guess there will be some mental scars there for a long time," he said.
"She's had a lot of stitches and is obviously very sore. The expectation is that she'll make a really good recovery."
Yesterday, Maya's distressed father Bruce Wicksteed told of his horror when he realised his daughter had been attacked, describing her as “a screaming ball of sand and blood” when he reached her at the Baldivis property where the attack took place.
Maya was with her father when he was was visiting a Baldivis neighbour. She was set upon by the three bull Arab mastiffs and three domestic dogs.
Mr Wicksteed said that at first he did not realise his daughter was being attacked until he heard her screams.
“The owner of the property was laying down on the ground - six dogs were aggressively just going for it, trying to get underneath him and then I realised I could hear her screaming - I realised Maya was underneath them,” Mr Wicksteed said.
“Maya was a screaming ball of sand and blood. Police later told me she had been dragged over a 40-metre area.”
In an act that Mr Wicksteed said saved his daughter’s life, his neighbour jumped on top of the dogs and held them down to free Maya. Then, Mr Wicksteed grabbed her and ran towards the property’s house only to have the dogs chase after them.
“As we got closer to the door, I was just praying that it was unlocked,” he said. “I got there, the door was unlocked, just as the dogs arrived behind me.
“I slammed the door on them as they were jumping up.”
The young girl suffered horrific facial injuries in the savage attack and is recovering at Princess Margaret Hospital after undergoing cosmetic surgery over the weekend. She is in stable condition today.
A hospital spokeswoman said today Maya was in a stable condition and was “doing quite well”.
The three bull Arab-mastiffs, which have been voluntarily surrendered to the Rockingham pound, are believed to have lived on the property and used for pig hunting.
Mr Wicksteed said he wanted dog laws changed to include bull Arab mastiffs as a classified dangerous dog.
“They are a killing machine - if a dog can't differentiate between a pig and a little girl, there's an issue,” he said.
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