A man who died after a pit bull bit him has been identified as a father-of-three.
Key points:Mr MacLellan was found by a friend in the woods in the north of the state in late OctoberThe man had been staying at his mother’s house at the time of the attackThe dog was taken into care but was released after a few daysThe man’s mum says she was in shock and upset at the deathMr MacLeod, a former police officer, was killed on October 23 when he was attacked by a pitbull.
He had been living with his mother at their home in the state’s north at the start of the month.
“He was a loving father, great husband, brother and friend, he was loved,” his mother, Mary MacLelly, told news.com of Queensland’s 7.30.
“It’s a terrible tragedy and we’re all so heartbroken.”
Mr MacLaverty was a former detective with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and was known to his neighbours for his drive and a sense of humour.
He was found slumped in a tree in the bush by a bushwalker on October 25, a day after his dog bit his arm.
The QPS said the officer had been working at the Wirraway Valley Reserve near Cairns when he and his dog came across the dog in the forest and started fighting.
“His arm was torn off and he was taken to hospital for emergency surgery,” said Sergeant Matt Tarrant.
“The dog then bit him.”
Mr Tarrants said he was surprised the dog was not charged with a crime and he hoped his death was not in vain.
“I was really surprised and horrified to hear about his death,” he said.
“There was a lot of discussion in the community at the local level about what happened and how it was dealt with.”
A lot of people were upset and there was a number of complaints made.
“The QSP said it was not aware of the alleged attack and there were no criminal charges to be laid.
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