Brave toddler, 2, mauled to death by family dog 'fought until last breath' says dad

Talan Peters, aged two, was mauled by his family’s dog in Mena Creek, Queensland, Australia, and later died in hospital. His dad James said his son “fought right up until his last breath”

Talan Peters, two, died in hospital after being mauled by his family’s dog

A “happy and adventurous” toddler has died after being attacked by a dog.

Talan Peters was mauled by his family’s pet at their home in Mena Creek, Queensland, in Australia, sustaining severe injuries to his skull.

The two-year-old was rushed to Innisfail Hospital on Saturday before being airlifted to Townsville Base Hospital.

He underwent emergency brain surgery, but doctors were unable to stop the internal bleeding, putting immense pressure on his organs.

The brave boy was put into a medically-induced coma but by then had no brain activity.

He died on Monday night.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to help support Talan’s parents Amber Stewart and James Peters, and his brothers Lucas, five, and Kade, one month, while they grieve.

Talan sustained severe injuries to his skull


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Mr Peters described Talan as a “special little boy” and said he “fought right up until his last breath”.

“He was a brave little soldier. He was happy, adventurous and fearless, and would light up a room with his smile and character,” Peters told

The heartbroken dad said the family was “so proud of our little boy” and he would “always be with us in our heart”.

Talan’s dad James thanked people for their donations


GoFundMe/Bex Newman)

He added: “He will be dearly missed by all family and friends. We have no words to explain the pain and loss we are feeling at this time.”

Mr Peters went on to say the family is “overwhelmed” by donations made to the crowdfunder.

Started by relative Bex Newman, the GoFundMe page has raised almost $18,000 (£9,400) of the $20,000 (£10,500) goal so far.

“All funds of this page will be going directly to Talan’s family to help pay for his funeral and allow them time off work to grieve the loss of their child without the added financial stress of providing for their two beautiful boys Lucas (five) and Kaden (one month) at home,” Ms Newman said.

“As you could imagine this is a truly heartbreaking time for the family.”

Cassowary Coast Regional Council confirmed the dog “was destroyed by the owner after the tragedy occurred”, 7news reported.

Queensland Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

To donate to the GoFundMe page click here

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