Rescue Dog Attacks Toddler, But Mom Is Thankful When She Learns Why

The Svilicic family decided to take in a dog from a shelter who previously endured a sad, abusive life. Though Khan the Doberman Pinscher was a rescue himself, he learned to show his gratitude to the Svilicic family in a life-altering way. Read on to see how this unforgettable dog changed a little girl’s life.


A Family Expands

Catherine Svilicic and her family, who lived in the small Australian town of Atherton, already had their hands full with 17-month-old Charlotte. But they wanted to expand their family, so they took in rescue dog, Khan, a Doberman Pinscher. Little did they know that their dog was special.

A Ruff Start

Khan had endured a sad, abusive life before joining the Svilicic family, so Catherine wasn’t sure how he’d react to young Charlotte. Doberman Pinschers are also considered by some to be more aggressive than other dogs, or bad for small children. But happily, Khan and Charlotte quickly became inseparable. But soon, their bond would be tested.

A Mother’s Worst Fear

Four days after joining the family, Khan and Charlotte were playing together in the backyard garden. Catherine looked out the window to check on the pair when she saw a terrifying sight: Khan was acting aggressively toward the child; he charged at her, grabbed her by the diaper, and tossed her several feet. How could the dog do this to a toddler?

An Unforgettable Attack

Catherine ran to the scene to save her daughter but noticed tiny Charlotte was stunned but physically fine. Her attention turned to Khan, and she noticed he was acting strangely: Catherine had heard him yelp after dropping Charlotte, and he then collapsed in the family home. Something was seriously wrong with the dog to make him act so strangely — but what was it?