A week-old baby girl has been mauled by the family's pet dog at their home in Campbelltown in southwestern Sydney.
The child was sleeping in a bassinet at the end of her parents' bed when the Alaskan Malamute bit her on the face at 3.30am on Monday.
The newborn baby was taken to The Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
Sydney vet Rob Zammit said the breed is known and reported in the top 10 list of dogs that will attack people.
"They're a big dog, and it hears a baby crying ... it goes `what the hell's that' and bang, it attacks.
"It happens very, very quickly," he told 2GB Radio.
Rangers from Campbelltown City Council will be contacted about the dog.
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