A four-year-old child was bitten in the face after teasing the family’s four-year-old Labrador retriever at a relative’s property in Mount Pleasant, Queensland, Australia.
According to the WeeklyTimesNow, four-year-old Jaxson Reddacliff had been playing with the dog named Halo in the yard when the incident occurred on November 18. Queensland Police responded, but no further action was required. The child’s aunt had been in the yard with the child, and stated Jaxson had been pulling on the dog’s ears and trying to ride the dog when Halo turned around and bit him. The dog had been suffering from a painful ear infection, however had never shown any aggressive behavior in the past.
The aunt also stated Halo is very accustomed to being around small children, including her own blind daughter.
The child needed stitches near his eye, on his cheek and on his lip. Jaxson’s mother stated her son has since been very traumatized by the incident and had been demanding the Mackay Regional Council euthanize Halo. The dog’s owner fought to keep her dog alive. Melinda Reddacliff, the dog’s owner described her dog as loving and a “beautiful boy.”
After an investigation, the Mackay Regional Council decided Halo would not be euthanized or even declared dangerous.
“In making this consideration, the history of the dog was considered, as was the circumstances around the incident,” stated the regulatory manager Craig Shepherd. “Keeping you dog confined and under effective control will greatly lessen the risks to others and the community.”
Shepherd also warned owners to be careful with their dogs around children, especially if the dog is sleeping, eating or recovering from an illness or injury. Parents are encouraged to teach their children to respect dogs, not tease them and to always make sure youngsters are carefully monitored while with family pets. Never leave a baby or a young child alone with a dog.
Dogs that have been declared dangerous are required to wear muzzles in public, have signs posted, register the dogs as dangerous and have safe enclosures to ensure public safety.
Halo was lucky he wasn’t euthanized because a young child was not properly supervised.
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