Innisfail resident Blake Swanson, 12, is recovering from surgery after he was attacked by two dogs on Chillagoe's main street on September 24.
Innisfail resident Blake Swanson, 12, is recovering from surgery after he was attacked by two dogs on Chillagoe's main street on September 24.

12-year-old savaged in dog attack on main street of Qld town

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A NORTH Queensland boy has narrowly avoided losing his life by mere millimetres after being brutally attacked by two dogs in the main street of Chillagoe.

Cathy Swanson had spent two nights camping with her sons in the former mining town for the school holidays, when 12-year-old Blake was unexpectedly attacked from behind by two cattle cross kelpie dogs.

She said they had been out for lunch when Blake glanced at the dogs who were sitting near the convenience store, "one was on the chain and one wasn't".

"They got him down to the ground and somebody came out and called the dogs off," she said.

"I was inside the convenience store and didn't know it had happened. I just heard this massive lot of barking, I thought it was this big dogfight. The absolute last thing I thought would happen (while camping) is my son would be on the main street and be attacked by a domestic dog."

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Innisfail resident Blake Swanson, 12, is recovering from surgery after he was attacked by two dogs on Chillagoe's main street on September 24. The wound was just millimetres from an artery.
Innisfail resident Blake Swanson, 12, is recovering from surgery after he was attacked by two dogs on Chillagoe's main street on September 24. The wound was just millimetres from an artery.
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