Two dogs have been seized by authorities after a six-year-old girl was viciously mauled by a Bull Arab while sitting on a fence.
The dog jumped up and dragged her into a yard on Ormesby Street in Woodridge, south of Brisbane, at 4.30pm on Monday.
She suffered significant abdominal, chest and shoulder injuries and was rushed to Queensland Children’s Hospital in a serious condition, where she is recovering.
Queensland Health told Daily Mail Australia she remained in a serious but stable condition on Tuesday.
It marked the second vicious dog attack by the same breed during the Easter long weekend after a nurse, in her 60s, had her ear bitten off in Melbourne on Sunday.
The dog attacks are the latest in a list of fatal and life-threatening maulings over the past year, with calls growing for dangerous breeds to be banned.
A six-year-old girl who was viciously mauled by a dog is continuing to be treated in hospital for her horrific injuries
A 20-year-old was also taken to hospital after they tried to save the six-year-old girl during the vicious dog attack in Queensland.
The 20-year-old is understood to be a relative and had jumped the fence to rescue the little girl.
They suffered leg injuries and were rushed to the QEII Jubilee Hospital in a stable condition.
The Bull Arab was removed from the property and handed over to dog handlers working for Logan City Council.
Police said the Child Protection Investigation Unit had been notified of the attack.
A nurse, in her 60s, was attacked in a separate incident while on her neighbourhood walk in Bulleen, east Melbourne, the day before on Sunday.
A three-year-old Bull Arab latched onto her neck and ripped off the woman’s ear before it was finally pulled off by the dog’s owner.
The nurse was taken the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where she had surgery on her neck overnight and remains in a stable condition.
Surgeons were unable to reattach her ear so she will need to be fitted with a prosthetic one.
The family told 7News the victim is lucky to have survived the brutal attack.
An extremely remorseful owner told the network that she was ‘just so sorry for the lady’.
‘I know there’s nothing that I can say that’s going to make it better for her. It’s heartbreaking,’ the unnamed owner said.
She insisted that while the dog was big and powerful ‘he’s generally very loveable and dopey’.
The Bull Arab was removed from the property and handed over to dog handlers working for Logan City Council
‘It’s completely out of the blue, and you’re just thinking, “What triggered it? What triggered it?” and I don’t think there will be an answer,’ she said.
Manningham City Council rangers have seized the dog and it is expected the animal will be put down.
‘I understand what his fate will be and I understand for safety, for everybody, what’s going to happen,’ his owner said.
The attacks come despite repeated calls to ban dangerous dog breeds following a spate of dog attacks by different breeds of dogs over the years.
Two-year-old Talan Peters died from serious head injuries following a dog attack by a Bull Arab in Mena Creek, near Cairns in far north Queensland, in February 2022.
Another two-year-old narrowly escaped death after they were set upon by a South African Boerboel in Adelaide in March.
Veterinarian Derek McNair broke his silence following the attack saying dangerous dog breeds, like the South African Boerboel, should be banned.
‘They are big dogs, they can get up to 80 kilos so they’re huge dogs,’ he told FIVEaa.
‘They’re very loyal to the family they live with but they have an underlying trait that they can be aggressive to strangers and can be aggressive towards other dogs.’