Parents support a parliamentary review of dangerous dog laws after their four year old suffered facial injuries from a dog attack in Melbourne.


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Alivia Dowling’s suffered serious facial injuries when a Staffy attacked her outside their home in Ferntree Gully, in Melbourne.

‘It just keeps biting and biting, I didn’t know how to get out of its mouth,’ the four-year-old told 9News.

‘There was no warning sign, that was the scary part… she was two metres away and I couldn’t do anything,’ said Amy’s mum.

At least seven people arrive at hospital in Victoria with a dog bite. But a recent inquiry heard blacklisting certain breeds is ineffective and educating the owners should instead be the priority.

‘The problem with breed specific legislation is that it operates on the premise that how a dog looks dictates how it behaves,’ Brad Griggs, from Canine Services International, said.

We hope she has a speedy recovery!

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  • Poor darling it must have been so scary for her. You can’t seem to trust some dogs. We were attacked by a friends dog in their yard as kids, my sisters and i had been there on many occasions yet one day he just snapped, lucky mum was near by and yelled and screamed at the dog scaring it off


  • I feel they need review too – and that all puppies should be mandatorily desexed


  • Poor child – wishing a speedy recovery. Owners need to be educated as a number one priority.


  • Poor little thing. Ultimately I think dog owners need to be better educated as incidents like these are generally very preventable.


  • I think that dog owners need to be educated.


  • Poor little munchkin. I hope she isn’t scarred for life….physically and mentally

    • I do hope she receives some counselling/trauma support.


  • I agree that owners must take more responsibility for their dogs. Over the years my parents have owned all kinds of dogs and have never once had trouble. The dogs were extremely gentle with us kids, even when I would steal their puppies to push around in my dolls pram haha most definitely had to do with the upbringing/training!


  • I have owned an eclectic range of dogs. Breed has a minute factor on aggression, handling and training have the biggest bearing on a dog’s behaviour. Labelling a dog breed bad is ludicrous, education is the only way to teach these owners how to teach their dogs. I’ve had more aggression shown to me from a Chihuahua than any of the so called dangerous breeds sure as pit bulls and staffys. I’m glad the child is okay, but the blame is not on the dog, it is on the owner.


  • Owners need to take full responsibility as there are too many injuries caused by dangerous dogs.


  • yeah people need to take their pets and their children seriously. too many children are getting hurt by dogs


  • I don’t really have a answer here but I do know there is more and more cases every day.
    Maybe its a case of dog owns having to take their dogs to obedient, socialising classes ect.
    Sending lots of love and strength your way Alivia.


  • Poor girl ! And in a way poor owners because they’re probably filled with guilt and will probably lots of judgement from people ! And poor dog as well :(
    Hope the girl recovers well and without traumatic fears.


  • I feel sorry for victims of dog attacks and I also feel sorry for lawmakers. It seems no matter what is proposed, it’s not going to please everyone.


  • How awful. I do hope that she recovers well. And I hope the owners have the dog removed from them and they are banned from owning dogs.


  • I feel sad when dog attacks are solely blamed on the dog. The owners have a lot to answer fir too. Maybe educating the owners might help more then black listing breeds, some people are too ignorant and pig headed to listen though. So for those people I suggests bans from stopping them owning dogs!


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