Aussie toddler, 2, killed by family dog

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A 2-year-old Australian boy has been mauled to death at his grandmother’s house in a savage attack by a mastiff cross dog, sparking a vow to review dangerous canine laws.

The tragedy unfolded on Sunday afternoon at Deniliquin in southwestern New South Wales state, with reports that the boy went outside to get an ice cream from a back fridge and the dog, a family pet, followed.

It was not clear what sparked the attack. The toddler’s mother and grandmother both desperately tried to pull the dog off the child but to no avail, with the boy suffering severe head trauma.

The dog, not usually considered a dangerous breed, was captured and put down.