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Little Boy, 5, Mauled By American Pit Bull Dog

A young boy is lucky to be alive following a terrifying dog attack in Sydney’s west yesterday.

Five-year-old Angus Martig was mauled by his neighbour’s American pit bull at about 1pm on Sunday in Quaker’s Hill.

It’s believed that Angus and a friend had been walking on the footpath near the house talking with the neighbour when the savage attack occurred.

The dog was clinging to Angus’ neck and only unlatched when his mother Gillian  and the dog's owner intervened. Both women received arm injuries as they attempted to stop the dog from attacking the boy.

Paramedics who attended the scene said that Angus would not have survived the terrifying attack is his mum and the dog’s owner had not intervened.

The little boy was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with injuries to his neck while his mother was treated for her injuries at a nearby hospital too.

The dog was taken away by police and the dog’s owner became quite emotional as her pet was taken away.

Other neighbours have said that the incident did not come as a surprise as the dog was known to be highly aggressive.

One mother, Jessica Farrell, said that she felt petrified to talk down the street with her children.

“Every time I take them to the park they have to be very quiet when we take them past the house,” she said to 7 News Sydney. “It was an accident waiting to happen.”

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

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