Currumbin dog attack: Owner reveals why he fled the scene

Currumbin dog attack: Owner reveals why he fled the scene

The owner of a British bulldog that attacked a six-year-old kid has revealed why he fled the scene after the child had a serious gash on his arm.

Teddy Bracek and his father Andy were at Tommy’s Italian in Currumbin, Gold Coast, at 8 a.m. on Sunday when the youngster approached a guy standing outside the café and asked if he may pet his dog.

Mr Pullar allowed Teddy to do so but the dog then launched at the little boy, attacking him before he fled into his father’s arms.

Owner Rob Pullar told Nine News the situation was ‘very volatile’, he ‘didn’t want to escalate it’ and confirmed he’s willing to have the dog put down.

Mr Bracek added that he didn’t realise how serious the attack was at first.

‘He sort of jumped on him from behind, and even then I thought he was still playing. And I think everybody else at the cafe did as well,’ he told Nine.

‘I soon realised he wasn’t playing, the dog has gone for him again,’ Mr Bracek said. ‘(Teddy’s) arm was wide open.’

The boy suffered a deep cut to his forearm and was taken to hospital where he received stitches and two surgeries.

Mr Bracek said his son sustained a 10-12cm long wound which was 1.5cm wide and 1.5cm deep.

‘It felt horrible. It ripped my arm,’ Teddy told Seven News.

‘They’ve stitched it inside and outside of the wound, that’s how deep it is,’ his dad said.

Gold Coast Councillor Hermann Vorster said the incident was being investigated and the dog may be declared menacing or dangerous, which could mean it may be put down.

Mr Bracek previously told the Gold Coast Bulletin the dog’s owner had made a ‘half-a**ed’ effort to restrain the animal.

‘If he came back and sorted it everything would’ve been OK but I’m p*ssed off and disturbed that this man has put his dog’s welfare before a child’s,’ he said.

But Mr Pullar has since contacted Mr Bracek to apologise and explain why he left the scene.

‘I had a dog in my hand, that just attacked a kid. He had a kid that was injured and it was very volatile so I just didn’t want to escalate it,’ he said.

‘If that happened to one of my kids I would be equally traumatised and enraged about it too, I’m completely understandable.’

Mr Pullar has said he is willing to let the dog be put down if that is what the local council decides.

He also offered to pay for Teddy’s medical expenses. ‘Any way that I could help out I’d be more than willing to help out,’ he said.

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