Talan Peters suffered serious head injuries after he was attacked at his home in Queensland on Saturday. The “brave and fearless” two-year-old was airlifted from his home in Mena Creek home near Innisfail to a hospital in Townsville.
But sadly he later died on Monday night after his vital organs failed while he was in an induced coma after brain surgery.
The dog – whose breed has not yet been revealed – was killed by its owner before police arrived at the scene.
It is understood that Talan was attacked after he wandered into the backyard without his mother Amber Stewart spotting him.
The animal is said to have been used for pig hunting and was normally strictly kept away from Talan, and his brothers Lucas, five, and Kaden, aged one month.
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“We need to limit breeding to registered people to avoid the dogs being bred unscrupulously and then inevitably ending up in pounds.”
Paying tribute to his son, James Peters said he “was a brave little soldier”.
The devastated dad told news.com.au: “He was happy, adventurous and fearless, and would light up a room with his smile and character.
“He fought right up until his last breath.
“He will be dearly missed by all family and friends.
“We have no words to explain the pain and loss we are feeling at this time.”
A Gofundme page to help the family as they recover has already raised around £12,000.