IN SAFE HANDS: Witta’s Christopher Anderson, 7, with one of his two family dogs, Armani.INSET: Christopher’s wrist injury.
IN SAFE HANDS: Witta’s Christopher Anderson, 7, with one of his two family dogs, Armani.INSET: Christopher’s wrist injury. Brett Wortman

Neighbour's dog allegedly bites autistic boy on wrist

A DOG has been seized from a property in Witta following an alleged attack on a seven-year-old autistic boy.

Sunshine Coast Council yesterday removed the male alaskan malamute under the Animal Management Act due to inadequate fencing on the property.

The dog had allegedly bitten seven-year-old neighbour Christopher Anderson on the wrist about 5.45pm on Saturday.

A council spokesman said the dog was removed from the property out of concern for the Witta community and placed in the council pound.

It was the second time in three weeks a complaint had been lodged with council regarding the dog's behaviour.

Christopher's mother, Rebecca Anderson said the dog punctured her son's wrist when he attempted to retrieve their own dog from the neighbour's property.

"He never goes to the fence because he knows the dog can be vicious towards children," Ms Anderson said.

"I heard him scream and he was hysterical in pain when the dog bit him.

"There was blood everywhere and I feared the dog would attack again."

Christopher Anderson, 7, in hospital after dog attack.
Christopher Anderson, 7, in hospital after dog attack.

Ms Anderson said she lodged the first complaint with council when the dog allegedly bit her son on the leg three weeks earlier.

A council spokesman said a notice had been issued to improve fencing around the neighbour's property following the complaint.

"The notice still has a week to run, however there appears to be no work done to date," the spokesman said.

"As this is a second report in three weeks involving the same type of incident, the removal of the alleged offending dog was ... warranted.

"A second dog on the property has also been removed due in part to the possibility it will bark excessively with the loss of its mate."

Ms Anderson said she wanted the dog to be put down.

"It has been blooded now and so the chance of it attacking again is much more likely," Ms Anderson said.

"They need to take responsibility for their animals and not let them roam free and attack innocent children."

The neighbour and owner of the malamute declined to comment, however he said the council "knew the truth".

The council spokesman said officers would follow up the two reported incidents.

He said no witnesses were present when the boy was allegedly bitten.

"Further information to hand identifies two other dogs on an adjoining property that may have been involved. Investigations will ascertain if this allegation has any substance," he said.



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