Boy, 5, fighting for life after being mauled in face and neck by a dog at a home

A five-year-old fights for his life after being torn in the face and neck by a dog.

The boy was playing at home in Sunshine, Lake Macquarie, Australia, on Sunday, November 29 when he was attacked by a dog.

He was reportedly bit by the animal in the face and neck around 4:30 PM.

Ambulance personnel, including a helicopter, rushed to the house and he was immediately treated by ambulance personnel.

The child was then flown by Westpac helicopter to The Children’s Hospital in Westmead in western Sydney.

Police have since confiscated the dog and are working with Lake Macquarie Council to investigate the attack.

It is unclear whether the dog was known to the family, but the animal was in the house at the time of the attack.

The boy’s family had reportedly told 9News that they hoped he would be treated as soon as possible.

A spokesman for the New South Wales Ambulance said the injuries could be life-changing.

Photographs of the scene show two ambulances and a police force outside a residential home, with at least four paramedics.

A separate image shows a helicopter standing in a nearby field and three paramedics carrying equipment to the house.

Boy, 5, fighting for life after being mauled in face and neck by a dog at a home

A spokesman for NSW police confirmed to News AU that police had been present in response to a dog bite.

The devastating attack comes just a month after a mother lost her newborn after being mauled by the Rottweiler family’s pet in New Zealand.

He was immediately rushed by St Johns Ambulance to Waikato Hospital, where he was treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Unfortunately, the child suffered serious injuries and spent the night fighting for his life, only to die the next day.