Dog attack puts boy in hospital



"RUN! Run as fast as you can,'' were 11-year-old Rhys Niven's thoughts just moments before he was mauled by a rottweiler in Wandal on Saturday night.

"I was walking on the footpath with my friend (Cody) and his grandparents and Cody yelled out 'black dog! black dog!','' he said yesterday as he recovered from leg injuries in Rockhampton Hospital.

"It started chasing me and I ran and ran.

"I only got about two metres and it bit me on the thigh and threw me in the air.

"I screamed because I was scared and it hurt.

"Then the dog ran away.''

Rhys was taken to hospital immediately after the attack at 6.45pm and needed 15 stitches to close the cuts on his inner thigh.

The St Paul's College Year 6 student has other minor cuts and bruises and hopes to be re-leased from hospital today.

"The dog's gate was open and it broke off of its chain,'' he said.

"People need to be careful because that dog could have killed somebody if it wanted to.''

Rhys' grandfather, David Niven, who also works for the Queensland Ambulance Service, said Rhys was extremely lucky to escape without serious injury.

"It came really close to hitting the femoral artery.

"If that happened, Rhys would have had to say goodbye to his football, basketball and swimming, and even walking.

"The next child might not be so lucky.

"Please, if you've got a dog make sure it is in a secure enclosure.''

A Rockhampton City Council spokesperson said the rottweiler was destroyed yesterday.

The owner, who was not identified, was fined $300.

If you are having trouble with a dog, call Rockhampton City Council for advice on 4936?8000.



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