Child hospitalised after Gold Coast dog attack
Posted On April 19, 2022
A six-year-old boy has undergone surgery after being mauled by a dog outside a Gold Coast cafe.
Andy Bracek had been out with his son Teddy on Easter Sunday when the young boy was attacked by a bulldog puppy outside Tommy’s Italian in Currumbin.
Confronting CCTV footage from the cafe captured the dog lunging at the young boy, leaving him with a 12 centimetre gash on his right arm.
“Teddy’s seen the dog so approached and he’s gone on to ask permission from the owner to pet the dog,” Mr Bracek said.
“The owner’s given the okay and then the dog basically jumped on him and attacked him.”
He initially thought the dog had been playing, before realising his son was being attacked.
Mr Bracek tried to pull his son away from the dog, pushing the puppy away as it lunged again at Teddy.
“I saw him snapping at his ankles and I thought he was playing with him as dogs do, then he sort of jumped on him from behind,” Mr Bracek said.
“We sort of realised it wasn’t messing around it was attacking him.
“I had a look at the wound which was half an inch wide half an inch thick and five inches long – it’s a terrible wound.”
The boy was immediately taken to hospital, where he had surgery to clean out the gash.
The risk of infection is high so Teddy will undergo a second operation to further sterilise the wound and stitch it shut.
Teddy has been shaken by the attack but Mr Bracek said his spirits remain high.
“He’s a little trooper,” he said.
The dog owner left the cafe after the incident but has since been identified by Gold Coast City Council’s animal management team.
On average, 547 people are attacked by dogs on the Gold Coast each year.
Councillor Hermann Vorster said more stringent laws were needed to prevent animal attacks and hold their owners to account.
“Many Gold Coasters don’t register their animals,” Cr Hermann said.
“It makes it much more difficult to reunite people with their animals when they are lost and to identify culprits when things go wrong.
“What this incident does highlight is the case for the state government to support the council’s push for even tougher laws.
“We need the ability to find people whose dogs have been involved in an attack, not just take it out on the animals but make sure the owner carries some cost.”
Further investigations will determine what will happen to the dog and the consequences for its owner.