By MAMAMIA TEAM
Last week 2-year-old Deeon Higgins was attacked and killed by the family dog; a bull mastiff cross.
Deeon’s grandmother spent 15 desperate minutes trying to pry the curly haired toddler from the dog’s jaws.
She eventually collapsed, exhausted and unable to overcome the 57 kilogram dog’s strength. Deeon died later that day in hospital, from severe injuries to his face and head.
This story is a tragedy and no one should ever have to die that way; let alone a two-year-old boy. A little boy who just went into the backyard to get an ice-block. A child who had no chance up against such a huge and vicious animal.
And now the community is angry. We’ve heard too many stories like this one. We’re sick and tired of people defending their right to have a vicious and potentially deadly animal, housed in the back yard with only a low fence to separate it from the community.
Surely when an innocent child has been mauled to death, “But I love my dog,” doesn’t really cut it anymore.
In her Daily Telegraph column today, Miranda Devine is calling for Australia to embrace a dog buyback scheme, “similar to John Howard’s gun buyback.” Back in 1996 following the tragedy of the Port Arthur massacre, then Prime Minister John Howard implemented a scheme where the Government bought back thousands of legally and privately owned guns from the Australian public.
Remarkably, Australia has not experienced a gun massacre since then.