A young boy is recovering in hospital after he was mauled by a pet bull mastiff at a home in Perth. Picture: APSource:News Limited
A YOUNG boy is recovering in hospital after he was mauled by a pet bull mastiff at a home in Perth.
The 12-year-old boy was attacked by Snowy, a two-year-old bull mastiff, on Sunday night.
The boy and his mother were visiting a home in Kenwick home in the city’s southeast where the attacked occurred.
Katrina Haywood told 9 NEWS how the dog attack occurred.
“The dog was asleep on my bed and my friend’s son came in and sat on the bed and must have startled him … before I knew it, he was latched on his face and I couldn’t get him off,” owner she said.
“I’m so sorry,” she said.
Katrina Haywood, the owner of Snowy who attacked the young boy. Picture: Supplied/NineSource:Supplied
Ms Haywood said she believed her dog was trying to protect her.
The boy was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital where he is being treated for severe injuries.
Ms Haywood also sustained bruises after she intervened to try and get Snowy away from the young boy.
“I don’t think he should be punished for something he didn’t deliberately do,” she said.
“He is my best friend.”
The incident comes two weeks after a mother who ran a boarding kennel and animal rescue home was also attacked and mauled to death by a bull mastiff in Perth.
Sue Lopicich, 58, was walking several dogs on her property in Southern River when she was suddenly attacked on August 1.
The bull mastiff was seized by rangers and euthanised.
Ms Haywood is aware her dog could also be euthanised as investigations are continuing.