A baby girl has been bitten on the face by her family’s pet dog in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
The one-year-old was rushed to hospital with facial wounds after being attacked by the family’s pet kelpie at their home in Salisbury North.
The alarm was raised on Thursday evening and emergency services rushed to the Wyndham Road property.
Nearby resident Beverley Quinlish said she heard screaming.
“I think it’s awful, it’s heartbreaking,” she said.
The incident is the second dog attack on an infant in less than a week.”
On Monday an 11-month-old girl was bitten by her family’s blue heeler in Lobethal and just days earlier an elderly man was nearly mauled to death by a bull-mastiff at Willaston.
Neighbours in Salisbury North said they are worried about dogs in the area.
Local resident Alexandra Hellwich said there are a lot of vicious dogs in the area.
“My heart goes out to that poor child and that family. That’s awful, really awful to hear.”
Irana Storoszczuk of the RSPCA has urged parents and pet owners to take care.
“Young children are always going to be a risk because you can’t control what they’re going to do to that dog.
“Always invest in baby gates and play pens and keep them completely separated, contact should be 100 percent supervised.”
At the family’s request the dog was collected by the local council and euthanised.
The baby girl is in a stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.