A two-year-old boy almost lost his life after being brutally attacked by a dog, ripping his cheek off and exposing his teeth.
The poor toddler suffered traumatic injuries after the Staffordshire bull terrier mauled his face off, leaving him disfigured.
Little Maxin Bennet from Christchurch, Australia, was attacked by Zeus on March 14.
The two-year-old was out in a driveway, holding a sausage and playing on his bicycle.
Although he was being watched by his grandparents while in Hastings, the dog managed to attack the youngster.
His mum, Alana Trainer, 29, had been resting inside the house when the ordeal took place.
She said: “My mum came screaming up to me that the dog had attacked my son.
“By the time I got out there my dad had him in his arms.
“The left side of his face had been ripped right back and you could see all of his teeth.”
Maxin was rushed to Hawke’s Bay Hospital before he was airlifted to Christchurch Hospital for emergency surgery.
The accident has left Maxin with a permanent scar, his mother Alana, fears he may be bullied for it.
She said: “He used to love dogs but now since he has noticed his scar he has been shying away from strange dogs often grabbing my leg and when my dogs get near him he now slaps their nose and says ‘ouchie’ which is what he calls his scar.”
The owner of the dog is said to be Alana’s uncle, Peter Trainer.
Mum and son, Alana and Maxin had been visiting Hasting’s for Peter’s birthday when the incident happened.
According to Mail Online, the family’s relationship has been strained since the accident as the owner is allegedly refusing responsibility.
A petition launched by Ms Trainer is asking to get Zeus removed “so it doesn’t happen to another child and another family do not have to go through what we are going through.”
She has also filed a complaint with Hastings District Council.