Girl, 17, is ‘lucky to have arms’ after she was savaged by eight stone American bulldog which went berserk in crowded playground
A 17-year-old girl has been told she is ‘lucky to have my arms’ after being savaged by an eight stone American bull dog which went berserk in crowded playground.
The teenager was badly bitten by the 50kg dog after she tried to stop it attacking a group of kids while taking it for a walk in the park earlier this week in the village of Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby, North Yorkshire.
Police arrived on the scene at around 10.26am and soon evacuated the children’s playground and the playing fields, while the owner was grabbing hold of the canine.
They were able to capture and sedate the eight-month old bull dog in a high fenced area of the park before taking it to a kennel where it was later put down.
The 17-year-old and her family had had the dog, called George, or Georgie, for less than a day after it was given to them by a family friend.
A 17-year-old girl has been told she is ‘lucky to have my arms’ after being savaged by an eight stone American bull dog which went berserk in crowded playground
Speaking of her ordeal for the first time yesterday, the 17-year-old said: ‘I just want to point out that the dog that attacked me did it out of the blue.
‘So while he had his jaws around my arm I got someone to ring 999. I never wanted the poor lad to be put down.
‘I am not like that. He is a lovely dog. I just wanted him taken to someone who could teach him not to bite.
‘He was going for the police when they got there as well.
‘For those say it is just a scratch I was told by medical professionals I was bit multiple times and am lucky to still have my arms.
‘I may need to be back in hospital soon if it gets worse and an infection sets in.
‘I have apologised for any upset this has caused. But I am sick of being blamed when I did the legal thing and handed the dog over to the police.’
Another woman who was there said: ‘The owner was bitten badly. Her arms are a state.
‘She was protecting the smaller kids by holding onto the dog that kept biting her so it didn’t go and possibly attack a small child.
‘The dog continued to attack the police on their arrival also.’
The teenager was badly bitten by the 50kg dog, named George, or Georgie (pictured) which her and her family had for less than a day after it was given to them by a family friend
Geroge had been rehomed to the teenager’s family less than 24 hours before.
His previous owners had another dog and the two pets were not getting on.
The family was trying to move to a bigger house so the dogs could be in separate rooms.
But having failed to find a suitable property they had rehomed George with a family friend rather than keep both of them caged up.
The 17-year-old’s sister Dominique, also from Selby, posted on social media: ‘My sister’s fine – thanks all for asking. Badly shaken and in pain but otherwise OK.
‘My sister hasn’t had the dog long. It was in a new area with new people. Poor thing got scared and reacted.
‘My sister is heartbroken over what’s happened but she kept the younger ones safe
‘My sister loves animals and obviously wanted to give this dog a home.’
Speaking for the previous owners, Laura Wicks commented: ‘I had this dog with me. He also lived with my sister and her children.
‘He wasn’t aggressive. An eye witness said he was not aggressive towards anyone at the park. I was just because of the breed of him.’
The children’s playground and the playing fields were evacuated and officers could be seen in the car park.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘ No-one, other than the owner of the dog, was injured during the incident. Their injuries are described as bite marks.
They added that the dog was put down with the agreement of the owner, and after taking veterinary advice and assessing the risk to all invovled.
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