Toddler is fortunate ‘to have a nostril and lip’ after being savaged by a ‘muscular’ canine in a Sydney park
- Toddler fortunate to not undergo extra severe accidents after assault at Coogee Oval
- Joey Hodgins watching footy sport together with his Dad when the pet launched at him
- Household attempting to trace down canine’s proprietor to cease animal from hurting anybody else
- His mom Danni mentioned the teen was ‘fortunate to nonetheless have a lip and a nostril’
Joey Hodgins, 4, was fortunate to not lose ‘a nostril and a lip’ after being set upon by a canine believed to be a big pitbull or terrier canine at Sydney’s Coogee Oval. His accidents and blood-stained shirt are pictured
A toddler is fortunate ‘to have a nostril and a lip’ after being attacked by a canine whereas taking part in in his native park.
Joey Hodgins, 4, was bitten within the face by the massive canine – believed to be a pitbull or Staffordshire bull terrier – at Coogee Oval in Sydney’s japanese suburbs on Sunday.
Though the Maroubra teen’s facial wounds have been superficial, the Hodgins household is now attempting to trace down the canine’s proprietor to cease the animal from hurting anybody else.
His father Ben mentioned he and his son have been watching an A-grade native rugby league sport and kicking a ball round when the pet launched at him.
Mr Hodgins mentioned the match had simply began when he heard the sound of screaming and barking.
Moments earlier than, Mr Hodgins had observed the ‘muscular’ pet on a leash close by however thought little of it given the canine was about 20m away from his son on the time.
‘It was within the neighborhood however wasn’t anyplace close to us,’ he instructed Day by day Mail Australia. ‘Joey’s ball then went about 5m from the canine and that is when it pounced on him.’
Attacked on the footy: The Maroubra teen suffered superficial facial wounds however his household need to monitor down the canine’s proprietor to cease the animal from hurting anybody else
He mentioned the canine sank its tooth into Joey’s lip and headbutted him earlier than the proprietor got here in to drag the animal off the boy.
‘To his credit score, the proprietor pulled it off as quickly because it occurred,’ the daddy instructed 7News.
‘He apologised (after which) bolted from the scene.’
Joey – whose face was coated in blood after the assault – solely suffered a number of puncture wounds however nonetheless bears the scars two days later.
‘Can not help however really feel like he’s fortunate to nonetheless have a lip and a nostril,’ his mom Danni mentioned.
Joey’s mother and father have contacted police and the council in an try to trace the canine proprietor down, however Mr Hodgins mentioned he did not need the animal put down.
The canine sank its tooth into Joey’s lip and headbutted him earlier than the proprietor got here in to drag the animal off the boy (inventory picture)
Pictured: Coogee Oval. Joey’s mother and father have contacted police and the council in an try to trace the canine proprietor down
‘[I just want] something to cease it taking place once more with out placing it down,’ he mentioned.
In February, it emerged a pet needed to endure life-saving surgical procedure after being attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier-pitbull exterior his dwelling.
Paco’s proprietor Bruna Meirelles instructed Day by day Mail Australia her beloved canine suffered severe accidents, together with a punctured lung.
The RSPCA has mentioned English staffies and American staffies are the 2 of the three mostly surrendered canine.