The son of a wheelchair-bound man who was torn to death by an American Staffordshire terrier, struggling to understand how things went wrong.
Leo Biancofiore was clubbed to death on Wednesday evening at his home in Melbourne & # 39; s Mill Park.
His wife, Donata, was also wounded by rescuing her husband and underwent an emergency operation at the Royal Melbourne Hospital last night, where she is now in a stable state.
The dog – called Junior – was owned by the 29-year-old son of the Mark couple and was loved by the whole family.
Mark is supposed to struggle with & # 39; to understand what happened & # 39 ;, The Herald Sun. reported.
Leo Biancofiore (photo left) was shot by a dog owned by his son Mark (right). His wife, Donata (center), was also attacked
The couple's nephew said that the family & my nephew gives a little space because he is pretty desperate.
& # 39; My uncle loved the dog and the dog loved my uncle. The dog was never aggressive, & he said.
He described the situation as unfortunate, but said the family supports each other in the difficult times.
Junior was put down Wednesday night after the attack without character, in which he knocked on Mr Biancofiore for no apparent reason.
Horrified neighbors heard blood-curdling screams and rushed to the house to help – but they were too late to rescue Mr. Biancofiore, who was wheelchair-bound and sitting on his mobility scooter at the time of the attack.
She described Mrs. Biancofiore as a hero after being fiercely attacked by protecting her husband.
Neighbors Radenko and Danielle Subotic told how they desperately tried to help after they saw Junior pinning the man to the ground.
Junior (photo) was very popular with Mr. Biancofiore and showed no signs of aggression in the past
& # 39; The dog was on top of the man's body & # 39 ;.
She said Mr. Biancofiore's wife screamed and tried to get the dog off – but it was too strong.
The neighbor said that her adult children sprayed the dog with a garden hose, but it refused to jump out of his madness.
When the police arrived at the scene, they fired on shots to try and prevent snapping.
Senior Sergeant Glenn Parker said that Biancofiore's daughter-in-law gave permission to destroy the animal.
& # 39; It is an older dog, he is very familiar with all members of the family and I understand it is out of the dog's character, & said the officer.
Junior was not registered with the local city council of Whittlesea and there were no previous reports to the council about the dog.
Junior was led out of the house after the fatal attack and euthanized late on Wednesday night
"The dog was euthanized last night and the council will continue to assist the Victoria Police in their investigation," said council spokeswoman Liana Thompson.
It is suspected that Mr. Biancofiore is the fourth Australian to be killed this year by the dog breed.
Victims of previous American Staffordshire attacks were a 51-year-old man who suffered a medical condition in June before being attacked in Nowra, south of Sydney.
A 72-year-old woman also died of an attack in southwest Sydney in May, while a 40-year-old man died weeks after being attacked by an American Staffordshire in January.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said The age there were no plans to limit the Staffordshire breed in Victoria.
& # 39; Based on the findings of the parliamentary survey on limited breed legislation, there are currently no plans to add to the limited breed list, & # 39; she said.
RSCA Victoria & # 39; s Tegan McPherson said there were several causes of dog attacks, but race was not necessarily one of them.
& # 39; Race alone is not a reliable predictor of aggressive behavior & # 39 ;, she told ABC Radio.
& # 39; From what we hear, this dog did not necessarily have a background of aggressive behavior until this incident. & # 39;
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