Melanie and Zoe Bayntun, 4, at Rockhampton Hospital after Zoe was bitten by a small dog.
Melanie and Zoe Bayntun, 4, at Rockhampton Hospital after Zoe was bitten by a small dog. Allan Reinikka

Small dog bites young girl

A GIRL aged four years was rushed to Rockhampton Base Hospital for facial surgery after a dog attack in her front yard on Monday night.

Zoe Bayntun's worried mother Melanie Bayntun said at 7.15pm a Maltese or Shitsu-type dog, that was unknown to the family, bit her daughter in their driveway.

The attack caused lacerations to her right cheek and right lower lip.

"She only just said hello to it," Ms Bayntun said.

She said it was a decent-sized gash on her cheek but the two tears in her lip were the reason she needed to have surgery.

"They removed the dead tissue and stitched up what they could."

Ms Bayntun said the attack, which occurred at their Gladstone home, should be a warning to pet owners not to become complacent if their dog was not one of the larger breeds typically considered dangerous.

"Just because an animal is small and has a collar doesn't mean it's not going to attack children," Mrs Bayntun said.

With Zoe's dad, an army reserve soldier, currently deployed overseas, Ms Bayntun said she was relieved when the Gladstone area military commander Captain Edward Dahlheimer was able to make contact with him to let him know what happened.

"He made contact with us probably half an hour after it happened," she said.

Ms Bayntun said she was not angry with the owners of the dog, who were told of the attack by a neighbour.

"The owners have been extremely co-operative and compassionate," she said.

She only just said hello to it.



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