Five-year-old girl bitten on face after playing with dog

A DOG has mauled a five-year-old girl in the yard of a Townsville property.

Emergency services were called to Melrose Circuit, Kelso, about 4.15pm today to reports of a girl bleeding after a dog she had been playing with attacked her.

Police talk with dog catcher after canine attack on child. Picture: Evan Morgan
Police talk with dog catcher after canine attack on child. Picture: Evan Morgan

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the girl was taken to Townsville Hospital with "several deep gashes to the face".

Paramedics were responding to reports an American Bulldog had attacked the girl, but the breed of dog has not been confirmed.

A dog catcher from Townsville City Council attended the property, next door to the house paramedics were called to transport the girl, and removed the animal.

It is not clear whether or not the animal was owned by the family of the wounded child or one of their neighbours.

A five-year-old girl was attack by a dog at Kelso. Picture: Evan Morgan
A five-year-old girl was attack by a dog at Kelso. Picture: Evan Morgan

A neighbour not connected to either property told The Bulletin almost everyone living on the street had multiple dogs to "protect their houses from thieves".

The cage on the rear of the dog catchers ute was covered in blankets to hide the dog before it was removed from the property.

A Townsville Hospital spokeswoman said the child was in a stable condition last night.

There were more than 500 dog attacks in Townsville last year according to council's website.

Council considers dogs the responsibility of their owners and if a dog is deemed dangerous, consequences include; increased cost of registration, strict confinement of animal or the dog being seized or destroyed.

If a dog kills another animal, owners could face fines of more than $12,000.

State legislation is being considered which could impose up to 10 years imprisonment if your dog kills a person.

Blankets were put up to hide the dog which attacked a girl in Kelso. Picture: Evan Morgan
Blankets were put up to hide the dog which attacked a girl in Kelso. Picture: Evan Morgan

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