Central Coast Council speaks after dog mauls baby boy to death at Kariong home

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A family’s dog has been euthanised after mauling their five-week old baby boy to death on the NSW central coast.

Emergency services were called to the family’s Kariong home in the early hours of Sunday morning following reports a baby had been attacked by a six-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier.

Officers and paramedics performed CPR on the newborn – whose parents were at home when the incident occurred – but could not revive him.

The dog, which was desexed and registered, was seized by the council and has since been euthanised.

A Central Coast Council spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au that Council Rangers were “asked to assist with removing the six-year-old American Staffy Terrier from the home”.

Emergency services were called to the family’s Kariong home in the early hours of Sunday morning. Credit: 7NEWS

“Rangers have taken the dog to a vet and it has been euthanised.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this terrible time. The incident remains a police investigation.”

The Council also confirmed a report of an attack had been lodged against the dog last month.

It had mauled a neighbour’s dog after it got into the backyard of the family’s home – just days after the newborn returned home from hospital.

“The dog had a previous attack registered against it last month, which occurred in its own back yard,” the spokesperson said.

“The family was undertaking a breed and temperament assessment at the request of Council.”

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‘This is a matter of tragic proportions.’

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances related to the death.

“Our thoughts are certainly with the parents, the family friends and also the first responders involved,” Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson said.

“This is a matter of tragic proportions and it is subject to investigation, and we will be making a report to the coroner.”

– with AAP

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