Mauled to death … Ayen Chol, right, pictured with her older brother.
August 18, 2011 – 2:31PM
The four-year-old girl mauled to death in a dog attack in Melbourne’s north-west last night was clinging to her mother’s leg when she was fatally set upon by the pit bull terrier, it has been revealed.
It is believed the dog escaped from a neighbour’s yard and entered the home where Ayen Chol and several other children were watching television.
Ayen died at the scene. A cousin, Anglina Mayout, 31, suffered bite wounds to her hands and arms and her five-year-old daughter Nyadeng Goaer was bitten on the back of the head.
Ayen’s mother today said killing the animal would not bring her daughter back.
The Brimbank Council this morning released a statement that said the dog – which was not registered and had not been the subject of complaints in the past – would be put down once it had been examined by police.
Grief … Ayen Chol’s mother Jackline Anchito. Photo: Penny Stephens
Jackline Anchito said she was devastated at the loss of her daughter, who had tried to fight off the dog.
“She was a loving child, and a very clever child. She died as she was struggling for her life.”
Mrs Anchito said her cousin, who owned the house, was walking a family friend out of the front of the home when they were confronted by the dog, which attacked them.
Mauled … The dead girl’s mother at the scene of the dog attack in St Albans. Photo: Wayne Taylor
They turned to run inside and the dog followed them, turning on the children.
As Mrs Anchito tried to pull the dog off the five-year-old girl who was being attacked, it turned on Ayen, who was clinging to her mother’s leg.
Ayen suffered massive injuries and could not be revived.
Taken away … A van arrives at the property to remove the dog. Photo: Wayne Taylor
Daniel Atem said the dog had torn Ayen from her mother’s leg.
“It [the dog] pulled the child from the mum… the daughter died, the dog left the child and then the owner of the dog came after that and took the dog out,” Mr Atem said.
Mrs Achito claimed she did not get any help from the dog’s owners. The interpreter said Mrs Achito was “crying, crying, asking for help”.
Shock … Family members weep at the scene of the fatal attack. Photo: Wayne Taylor
Mr Atem said Ayen’s father, an education official visiting South Sudan, had been contacted and was returning home.
“He’s very, very, very sad. The elders community in southern Sudan will counsel him,” Mr Atem said.
Mother, daughter recover in hospital
Western Health director of surgical services, Trevor Jones, said five-year-old Nyadeng had several cuts to her head that went down to her skull and had to be cleaned because of the risk of infection.
The girl underwent surgery at Sunshine Hospital this morning and was expected to make a full recovery.
Ms Mayout suffered wounds to her left forearm and will be operated on tonight.
Associate professor Jones said the ragged cuts were typical of a dog attack.
“Any dog attack that causes a death is as bad as it gets. These sort of things have happened before and will happen again,” he said.
He said he expected both patients would be discharged within three days.
Neighbours helpless as dog goes on rampage
Neighbours this morning told of the horrific scene inside the Chol house in Lahy Street, St Albans, including desperate attempts to revive the little girl.
One neighbour said he was inside his house about 8pm when he heard Ayen’s mother screaming for help on the street.
He ran to the red brick home and saw Ayen lying on the floor with serious wounds to her head.
The neighbour, who did not want to be identified, began trying to resuscitate her with instructions over the phone from the paramedics.
“It’s something that I will have to live with for a long time,” the distraught man said.
“We were just trying to revive her and we couldn’t do anything about it.
“Three of us were trying to revive the kid. We were trying to find a heart beat. There were a couple of beats initially but she was gone after that.”
He said the owner of the dog had raced to the victim’s home and dragged the animal home, before returning to the scene.
He said the dog’s owner was “devastated” after the attack. The animal was later removed from the premises and is expected to be euthanased, police said.
Other neighbours said they had often heard the pit bull cross barking in the street, but few had seen the animal.
Anisah Mama, who lives next door to the house where the dog lives, said she had been scared in the past for her two children, aged nine and 13.
She had not seen the dog in the three years her family had been living in the home, but said they often heard barking.
“Actually this dog is quite aggressive,” she said.
“While the children play they hear the dog barking and they are scared sometimes. I said ‘don’t worry, he’s inside’.”
Mrs Mama said she had never talked to the victim’s family, but had seen them on the street and the children playing outside.
“I can say they are good people. They are fun-loving people,” she said.
“It’s very awful, very sad.”
Other neighbours were in tears as they stood on the street this morning digesting the events of last night.
One woman, who asked not to be identified, said she had a child the same age as the girl who was killed.
“It’s too close. My little girl, she rides her bike around here. Now I’m not so sure about that any more,” she said.
“I could hear crying and a female voice [last night]. It’s too close to home. People are shocked to realise the little girl is dead.”
A grandmother who lives on Lahy Street said: “They should destroy the dog. I don’t know why they let them have those dogs at all.”
Resident Dejan Lazic said it was a yellow dog that was kept in its yard.
Today, Mrs Anchito said the owners of the dog should have done more to stop the animal from straying on to their property and attacking her family.
“There’s nothing I would really wish to be done to the dog. At the end of the day even if the dog is killed it’s not going to compensate the life of my daughter,” a devastated Mrs Anchito said through an interpreter.
“The only person that needs to be asking that question [whether the dog is put down] is the owner of the dog and the local council. Psych dogs living in the community are very dangerous.”
She said the owners of the dog had “let her down”.
“They should have had some sort of way to control the dog, either physically or they should know how to control the dog.”
Police this morning knocked on the door of the dog owner’s home, but no one answered. A detective later emerged from the home and said the family wished to make no comment.
Mrs Achito said she hoped she would be “very safe” when she moved to Australia from South Sudan, but she had been beset by many problems since she arrived.
Her house burnt down several months ago, and Mrs Achito herself was attacked by another dog two months ago.
She said a “trail of some sort of bad luck” seemed to be following her.
‘A really horrible tragedy’
Describing the scene inside the house as distressing, Brimbank Superintendent Graham Kent said the owner could face charges.
“This is a really horrible tragedy and it will take some time for us to fully understand what happened,” he said.
Last night about 30 people, including several children wrapped in blankets, gathered in the quiet suburban street, which had been cordoned off by police after the attack. Some of the people embraced each other while others sobbed into mobile phones. One woman was wailing hysterically.
Daniel Atem said the dead girl was the youngest of three children and had two brothers aged nine and 12. He described her as “a lovely little girl, very talkative and popular in kindergarten”.
He said Ayen had been living with her brothers and her mother at their cousin’s house at the time of the attack after their previous house burnt down last month.
The girl’s father, Mawien Chol, was in South Sudan, having left Melbourne to join independence celebrations, he said.
The family is believed to have arrived in Australia in 2004 after spending three years in Egypt awaiting resettlement.
Breed in the firing line
The Baillieu government will move to make dangerous dog owners criminally responsible for dog attacks following the fatal mauling.
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said this morning the government would consider laws similar to culpable driving.
The amnesty for registering dangerous dogs will also be brought to an end, meaning that unregistered dogs can be seized and destroyed.
Mr Walsh said there were an estimated 10,000 unregistered dangerous dogs in Victoria.
Only last Saturday, police used capsicum spray to subdue a pit bull terrier that had savaged an elderly woman’s Scottish terrier in a Ballarat Street, then turned on two men who intervened.
The last reported fatality involving a dog attack in Victoria was in 2007, when a nine-week-old girl was dragged from her cot and mauled by a pet rottweiler. She died from severe head and neck wounds.
Penalties for an owner or person in control of a dog that attacks or bites any person depend on the seriousness of the attack and whether the dog had been declared to be dangerous before the attack began, according to Victoria Legal Aid.
In March last year, the owner of an unregistered Siberian husky that savaged a then 22-month-old girl was fined more than $6000.
In Victoria, according to a council survey taken about four years ago, about 3300 dog attacks were reported in one year.
Dog behaviour specialist Brad Griggs today called for harsher penalties for rogue owners after the tragedy.
He said dog behaviour training should be mandatory and governments should abolish breed-specific regulations because pit bulls were not more dangerous than other breeds.
Mr Lazic said he owned two dogs – a Staffordshire cross and a rottweiler - but he was concerned for the safety of his two-year-old daughter.
“I’m planning on putting my rottweiler to sleep,” he said.
Mr Lazic said area was home to a large number of immigrants, who generally got on well. People regularly walked their dogs down Lahy Street, he said.
This morning no one has entered or left the dog owner’s home, where the shutters are drawn.
story from and video at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/pit-bull-ripped-girl-from-mums-leg-20110818-1iyvs.html
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
1755 3863 38
her path of destiny = 38 = Take care of me mom.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.
1 (A is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 25 (y is the 25th letter of the alphabet) + 5 (e is the 5th letter of the alphabet) = 31
So the number 31 ruled her ages zero to twenty-seven.
31 = Things got out of hand.
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