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AustraliaStaffordshire terriers have killed four people in Australia in the past six months

09:41  12 july  2019
09:41  12 july  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Purebred or mixed-breed Staffordshire terriers have killed at least four people in Australia in the past six months but the RSPCA says a dog's breed alone is not a reliable predictor of aggressive behaviour.

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Staffordshire terriers have killed four people in Australia in the past six months© DevidDO/Getty Images Staffordshire bull terrier close-up. Purebred or mixed-breed Staffordshire terriers have killed at least four people in Australia in the past six months.

In the latest case, 61-year-old Leo Biancofiore died after his son's American Staffordshire terrier attacked him in his home at Mill Park in Melbourne's north on Wednesday night.

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His 58-year-old wife Donna, who tried to save her husband from the animal, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

In June, a man was found dead in his unit at Nowra on the south coast of NSW. Detectives later said they believed the 51-year-old man had been mauled by his Staffordshire bull terrier after suffering a fit.

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The man's injuries were so severe investigators initially treated the man's death as a homicide.

In May, 72-year-old Rosemary O'Reilly died in hospital after her Staffordshire terrier-Rhodesian ridgeback cross reportedly turned on her and her 74-year-old husband at their home at Wilton, south-west of Sydney.

In March, a 40-year-old man died in hospital five weeks after he was attacked by two American Staffordshire terriers at home at Tregear in Sydney's west.

A 30-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were also attacked by the dogs and were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Victoria Police and the RSPCA are continuing to investigate Wednesday night's attack.

Because police fired shots in an attempt to distract the dog and stop the attack, professional standards command is also investigating the incident.

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The animal charity was called to investigate after they were sent the video showing a man attacking a Staffordshire bull terrier in a property. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

The dog, called Junior, belonged to the couple's son but had been kept at his parents' house for some time.

The City of Whittlesea said the dog was not registered and the council had not received any reports about the animal's behaviour prior to the attack.

It was removed by rangers and put down on Wednesday night.

While a neighbour yesterday said the dog could be aggressive at times, police said the attack appeared to have come "out of the blue".

"They've got no idea what's actually started it off," Senior Sergeant Glenn Parker said.

"It's an older dog — it's quite familiar with most of the members of the family and my understanding is it's completely out of character for the dog."

Tegan McPherson, the RSPCA's head of operations, said her organisation backed a "deed-not-breed" approach to judging animals.

"Breed alone isn't a reliable predictor of aggressive behaviour," she said.

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"It can be influenced by genetics, learning experiences and training and its environment.

"You've got American Staffies that are wonderful family pets, but you also have ones hitting the news for the wrong reasons."

Ms McPherson said there were a number of reasons why a seemingly healthy dog could suddenly attack.

"Fear is generally the underlying emotion associated with aggression in healthy dogs," she said.

"Warning signs of stress in the animal could include yawning, a high tail, a tail tucked between its legs, the dog's ears being back, or the animal suddenly freezing."

Melbourne lawyer Brett Melke, who says he has represented dog owners in more than 500 cases, said focusing on individual breeds was "misguided".

"In terms of dangerous dogs, I've had cocker spaniels, I've had golden retrievers, I've had jack russells and border collies," Mr Melke said.

He said it was vital that people registered their dogs.

"When dogs are unregistered there's no way to track what they're doing, there's no way to track where they are. It's a dangerous scenario," he said.

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