MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: A girl was rushed to the hospital after being brutally attacked by two dogs outside a school on Wednesday morning, July 27 in Melbourne’s southeast.
The 12-year-old was mauled on the street adjacent to Berwick Fields Primary School during the busy school drop-off period. The two dogs, who had escaped from a neighboring property, attacked her upper and lower torso.
According to The Herald Sun, several parents and kids saw the terrifying attack, after which locals, including an off-duty paramedic, rushed to her aid. The girl was then taken to Casey Hospital where she underwent surgery. Her condition is said to be stable.
“We were called to an animal incident in Berwick on Wednesday,” a Victoria Ambulance spokeswoman said. “A girl was taken to Casey Hospital in a stable condition with minor upper and lower body injuries.”
The girl’s 9-year-old dog was with her at the time of the incident and was also mauled in the attack. The dog also underwent surgery.
‘I owe you a beer’
Mick Garratt, the girl’s father, took to social media to thank all locals who helped his daughter and their dog. He wrote, “I owe you a beer.”
“Thank you to everyone who stopped to help today […] the dogs have been caught and the owner has been identified,” he added. “We will leave it in the hands of the law.”
In a similarly horrific incident in July, a four-year-old girl was reportedly killed in a dog attack in Dallas, Texas when there were no adults inside the house. Lea Freeman was fatally attacked by the dog on Saturday, July 9.
Her mother Tiara Freeman, along with Lea and two of her other children, had shifted to a home near Bonnie View Road. On the day of the attack, she had gone to a store while asking the woman who lived with her to take care of the children. The girl was rushed to the hospital but couldn’t survive.
In another incident, a 7-year-old Texas boy was mauled by a mixed breed of brindle boxer and a bull mastiff while he was getting off a bus. Connor Landers was spotted by one of his neighbors as her own dog started growling during the accident. The boy suffered bruises, cuts, bites, and deep scratches. Connor had to eventually undergo a three-hour-long reconstructive surgery.