Despite asking permission from the owner, the six-year-old boy was seriously injured after being attacked by an English bulldog.
Six-year-old Teddy Bracek, who was attacked by a British bulldog on the Gold Coast last weekend, said the owner gave him permission to pet the dog before the horrific incident happened.
Performing outside a Currumbin cafe on Easter Sunday, the child needed stitches and two minor surgeries following the attack.
Shocking CCTV footage showed the dog attempting to bite Teddy’s ankles before jumping on the young boy.
Teddy’s father, Andy Bracek, said the attack left his son with an arm wound 10-12cm long, 2.5cm wide and 1.2cm deep.
“It was horrible. It tore my arm,” the child said Seven news Tuesday night.
“The dog jumped on me.
“I thought the dog was just playing…but we soon realized he wasn’t playing,” Mr Bracek added.
In the aftermath of the attack, Mr Bracek blamed the owner for making a ‘half-crazy effort to restrain the dog’, he said, speaking to the Bulletin of the Côte d’Or.
CCTV footage showed Mr Bracek kicking the dog as he tried to separate his child.
“To be honest, at that moment I felt like breaking the dog’s head,” he said.
“But I’m still f***ing furious that he hasn’t come back to report the incident or give me his contact details.
“If he came back and fixed the problem, everything would have been fine, but I am pissed and disturbed that this man put the well-being of his dog before that of a child.”
Talk to 7NewsRetired police dog handler Grant Teeboon said the bulldog’s owner was most likely at fault.
“The owner didn’t really seem to have a clue about his dog,” Mr Teeboon said.
“There was nothing the child did that could be called provocative. He approached the owner, asked permission to pet the dog, did not extend his hand at first.
Mr Teeboon said there were initial clues the dog was about to attack when it started “circling the boy”.
“It’s a management error. The owner should not have let this happen,” he added.
“He hadn’t expected what the dog could do. He didn’t restrain the dog and he didn’t control the meeting.
Gold Coast City Council launched an investigation into the attack, but the incident was not reported to the police.
A Queensland Police spokesman said officers are not involved in dog attacks unless the animal needs to be put down immediately.
Under Queensland law, dogs that have caused serious attacks can be declared dangerous, which may require the dog to be de-sexed, muzzled or restrained. Council may also issue signage or fencing requirements.
In case of recidivism of the animal, the dog could be confiscated or killed by the town hall, the owner being also liable to a heavy fine.
The latest figures from the Gold Coast show there were 547 dog attacks between January 1 and October 11, 2021.