Dog mauls boy
By HELEN JACK
RODNEY BEVERIDGE is still in shock after his mate’s dog ripped his arm open in a savage attack on Australia Day.
The eight-year-old, from Urbenville, was yesterday recovering in hospital after surgery to stitch together the torn flesh on his shoulder and upper arm.
He had been playing in his mate’s yard when his mate went inside the house.
Rodney turned to follow him, but was met at the door by their snarling pet bull mastiff-Rottweiler cross.
The dog rushed towards Rodney biting his upper right arm, sinking its teeth to the bone and shaking his small body from side to side.
Rodney said he felt extremely scared throughout the ordeal.
“He was big and angry,” he said.
His mate’s mother kicked the dog away and Rodney was rushed first to Urbenville Hospital and then to Kyogle Hospital.
By 9pm, Rodney was undergoing surgery in Lismore Base Hospital.
Rodney’s mother, Kristine, wasn’t home when her son was attacked and heard what had happened from neighbours.
“I want the dog destroyed,” she said.
“If it had been a younger, smaller child instead of Rodney the dog would have bitten its face or neck.”
Mrs Beveridge said the dog belonged to a family with young children.
“If you have kids yourself you should not have a dog like this,” she said.
“Rodney has to live with this now when it should never have happened.”
Mrs Beveridge said Rodney’s friend was bitten on his leg by the dog only two weeks earlier.
Owner of the dog, Ally Robinson, said she was preparing to have the dog destroyed.
“I don’t want to say too much, but the dog has bitten a kid so I am getting it put down,” she said.
“It could have been one of my children.”
Sergeant Aaron Reid said police were not aware of the incident because Kyogle Hospital had not informed them.
Lismore police last night said the incident would be investigated.