Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Australian toddler needs surgery after dog attack

A young girl in Urbenville, Australia, recently had to undergo surgery after being attacked by a god. The 2-year-old toddler was scratched in the face by a female whippet and the incident is still being investigated, The Northern Rivers Echo reports.

Local authorities say that the attack began when the girl walked into the room where the whippet and another canine were embroiled in a fight. The dog, apparently unprovoked by the victim, lunged at her and she sustained a two-to-three centimeter laceration on her face.

"Police were contacted by the doctor [who initially treated the victim] who said she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for injury inflicted by a dog," inspector Bill McKenna told the news source.

According to, an advocacy group for preventing harm related to canine attacks, around 1,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each day due to such injuries.

Dog owners or those looking to stay safe from an aggressive dog may want to carry pepper spray. The device has proven to make it difficult for animals to see and breathe, allowing a victim to get to safety.  

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