Dog bites 12-year-old girl

WHAT started out as a night of fun with her family and friends at the Warwick Show ended as a nightmare for one 12-year-old girl.

After single-handedly fighting off a dog her own size, Warwick girl Eliza McNicol now bears the marks and puncture wound of a dog's jaw on the top left quarter of her back.

Concerned mum Carolly McNicol said she was shocked by the Friday night incident near sideshow alley involving a dog owned by travelling carnival personnel, but was glad things did not end up worse.

"I had just called to let Eliza know where we were sitting and then only minutes later she arrived crying and saying she had been attacked by a dog - this was about 7.30pm," Mrs McNicol said.

"We found security who then called Mr (Neville) Fanning and when he arrived I showed him the bite before we went to the hospital."

Mrs McNicol said when she found out the dog had been confined to its owner's caravan she wanted to know why it had not been removed and the appropriate authorities not contacted.

"On Saturday I contacted the council animal management officer and he was shocked that the matter had not been reported sooner," she said.

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president Neville Fanning said this incident was of concern to the society.

"An incident report has been filled out and both the council and police have been in touch," he said.

"It is on our agenda to implement animal regulations for next year's show and also look at partitioning off the carnies' living space."

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said animal management officers would follow it up and inform the Toowoomba council as part of a duty of care.



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