BITE SHOCK: Nine-year-old dog bite victim Paul Costello with his mum Deborah Wilkie, who is angry the owners of the dogs won’t take responsibility for the incident.
BITE SHOCK: Nine-year-old dog bite victim Paul Costello with his mum Deborah Wilkie, who is angry the owners of the dogs won’t take responsibility for the incident. Jayden Brown

Boy, 9, attacked by dog on way to school

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AN ALLORA boy has become the latest victim of dog attacks, describing the painful moment he was turned on by two wandering dogs on his way to school.

At least one person is treated each week for dog bite injuries at the Warwick Hospital, according to hospital figures.

Nine-year-old Paul Costello was left bleeding and bruised after the dogs attacked him as he rode his bike down a quiet street on Thursday morning.

For the Allora State School student a detour to avoid swooping magpies turned into a frightening experience.

Paul said he was riding down a laneway in Allora when he spotted the two small dogs on the road.

"They made me wobble a bit and started barking at me," he said.

"I started to ride off and that's when I was bitten. It was really painful."

The boy received a puncture mark and graze to his calf; enough to draw blood.

Paul Costello's injuries from the dog bite.
Paul Costello's injuries from the dog bite. Contributed

It wasn't until Paul arrived at school that his mother was notified and he was taken to the doctor for treatment.

Paul's mum Deborah Wilkie is frustrated by the owners of the dogs, who she said were refusing to take responsibility for the incident.

"If they had apologised for their dogs' actions it might be different. Sorry is a really easy word to say," she said.

"It's quite distressing for me knowing he had to go through that. Had it been a bigger dog I dread to think of what would have happened."

Ms Wilkie described her son as a "beautiful boy" and a "role-model student".

"He's not cruel to animals at all," she said.

"I call him my animal whisperer - he's so good with animals."

After a four-day course of antibiotics, Paul is back on track but he's still a little wary of strange dogs.

"It's only a little bit of fear," he said.

"I certainly won't be screaming all the way home if I see them again."

Southern Downs Regional Council animal control officers are investigating the incident, following a formal complaint.

Dog bite victims are advised to report any dog bites to the owners and local government authority to prevent future danger.


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