Vet Calls For American Staffies To Be Banned In Australia After Savage Attack


Vet Calls For American Staffies To Be Banned In Australia After Savage Attack

A Sydney veterinarian has called for American Staffordshire terriers to be banned in Australia.

One absolute beast of a dog was involved in a savage attack that left two women with injuries to their faces and bodies.

A 54-year-old woman was bitten at a home in Pheasants Nest in Sydney's south on Friday (September 10) and a woman in her 20s was also attacked.

The younger woman was driven to hospital for treatment while the older one had to be airlifted to another facility.


Daily Mail Australia says the animal was at least 80kgs and was described as being the size of a miniature pony.

Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News

Sydney vet Dr Sam Kovac believes it's time to ban these animals and said they have no place in Australia.

He told Daily Mail Australia: "This latest attack is just history repeating. Most of the time they won't be killers.


"But when you're dealing with such a powerful breed that's been bred to fight and kill, when they really want to do this, nobody can do anything to fend them off.

"They should not be allowed to be bred in this country."

The 32-year-old expert insists he doesn't want to see American staffies already in the country euthanised or booted out of Australia.

He instead said it would be safer if state and federal government officials introduced an immediate ban on the selling, breeding, importing or rehoming of the breed.


This incident comes several months after the same breed was involved in a horrific attack on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Credit: Svenska Mässan (Creative Commons)Credit: Svenska Mässan (Creative Commons)

A five-week-old baby boy was mauled to death at his Kariong home in July.

The dog had already been reported a month earlier for bad behaviour and on this occasion it managed to get into the backyard of another person's home. The baby had only just returned from hospital after being born.


Dr Kovac said while the majority of staffies are great, there is a small proportion who give the breed a bad name.

"In that very small percentage, if they decide that they want to go after and kill a baby or a human like this horrible case where they were mauled to the bone, no-one can stop them," he said.

"A proportion of them are going to go to people who don't know how to train them and look after this very exuberantly powerful breed - and encourage some of their bad character traits."

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Topics: Australia

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