'Game of Thrones' dog involved in attack on child
A DOG breed which has been made popular by Game of Thrones has been involved in a tragic attack on a seven-day-old baby in Sydney's south-west.
Paramedics were called to the home in Campbelltown about 3:30am after the baby girl was bitten on the face by the family's Alaskan Malamute, the ABC reported.
Police were told the child was sleeping at the end of the parent's bed in a bassinet when the dog attacked the newborn.
She was taken to Campbelltown Hospital for treatment to facial wounds before being taken to the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick.
Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening but a hospital spokeswoman said the infant was in a serious condition.
In February, concerns were raised about the soaring numbers of 'wolf breed' dogs featured in cult films and TV shows, including Twilight.
Charities including The Dogs Trust in the UK said hundreds of dogs such as Malamutes, Huskies and Sarloos were given up last year because their demands for attention and exercise are proving too much.
The concerns were raised after six day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane was mauled to death by her parents' pet Alaskan Malamute at their home in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.
Unscrupulous breeders were selling the dogs to people in town-centre flats who were out at work all day and left them unattended, The Dogs Trust reported.
In 1978 the first Alaskan Malamutes arrived in Australia via New Zealand and were officially registered soon after.
The first litter of Australian pups were born in 1981.
According to the Burke's Backyard site, There are many hundreds of Alaskan Malamutes registered in Australia today. The breed is growing in popularity, especially as the sport of sled racing grows.
Last year the trust took in 261 abandoned wolf-type dogs - up from 78 in 2010.
In the Sydney case, neighbours reported the dog had not shown any signs of bad behaviour.
However, the breed are known for being jealous and protective.