The death of a toddler who was fatally mauled by his family’s dog has sparked calls for dangerous pet breeds to be banned.
Talan Peters, two, suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital after being attacked at his family’s home in remote Mena Creek, near Cairns in far north Queensland, on Saturday afternoon.
He was airlifted to Townsville Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was later placed in an induced coma and died on Monday.
Australians have thrown their support behind his mother Amber Stewart and father James Peters, with more than $20,000 raised to help the family grievance through an online fundraiser set up on Tuesday.
The breed of dog that mauled the two-year-old has yet to be revealed.
Talan, two, (pictured) suffered serious head injuries during the attack at the family home in Mena Creek on Saturday afternoon
‘What breed was it? The usual culprits need to be outlawed,’ one commenter wrote on a news story about the mauling on Facebook.
‘If any dog can bite and kill a two-year old maybe we shouldn’t own them as pets and have them in our houses,’ another said.
However one said those who didn’t know the full facts of Talan’s death should avoid rushing to judgement.
‘No-one knows the circumstances other than the family,’ one said.
‘Any dog can be dangerous in the right situation, but it doesn’t generally become a dangerous dog until the situation happens.’
It comes after a Sydney vet called for some dangerous dog breeds to be banned in Australia to prevent fatal attacks on their owners or their families.
The vet, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia in September he wanted an immediate ban on selling, breeding, importing or rehoming American Staffordshire terriers.
The breed was responsible for a savage attack on two women at a rural home south of Sydney in September, and a pit bull mauled a five-week-old baby to death on the Central Coast in July.
Some online commenters questioned why a dog capable of killing a child was anywhere near Talan over the weekend, while some urged those on the outside not to rush to judgment
‘Most of the time they won’t be killers,’ he told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
‘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.’
He added there were ‘literally hundreds of puppies for sale on Gumtree for American Staffordshire Terriers’.
‘These type of dogs are unpredictable and should be banned,’ one Daily Mail Australia reader said at the time.’
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help the family financially with the toddler’s funeral costs
Talan’s heartbroken mother on Sunday issued a gut-wrenching tribute to her ‘sweet boy’.
She shared a photo of her young son on Facebook as she asked for people to keep the family in their thoughts.
‘I love you my sweet boy,’ she wrote on Monday night.
‘Please pray for my baby. Also please give us some space during this time.
‘We are heartbroken right now.’
Talan’s aunt Bex Newman said doctors tried in vain to save the toddler’s life, but his injuries were too severe.
His heartbroken mother paid tribute to her ‘sweet boy’ on Monday in a post on Facebook (pictured)
‘They unfortunately couldn’t stop the bleeding and their organs started to struggle,’ Ms Newman wrote on the GoFundMe fundraising page.
The page has been set up to raise money for the funeral costs during the difficult time.
‘All funds of this page will be going directly to Talan’s family to help pay for his funeral and allow them time off work to grieve the loss of their child without the added financial stress of providing for their two beautiful boys Lucas (5) and Kaden (one month) at home,’ the page read.
‘As you could imagine this is a truly heartbreaking time for the family.’
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
There have been calls for dangerous dogs to be banned after a little boy was killed in Queensland