Plymouth toddler bitten by Staffordshire bull terrier dog
A THREE-YEAR-OLD was bitten by a dog on her way to nursery.
Little Annalise Laing was walking to Shining Stars Nursery at Plymouth Marine Academy at around 8am yesterday when the dog, thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, bit her face.
She was walking with her mum, Lesley Laing, and two sisters, Brooke, aged 13 and 10-year-old Charlie, in a grassy area between Crownhill Road and Wollaton Grove.
Lesley, who lives in West Park, said: “We were just walking to school and the dog bit her.
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“It caught her face near her eye - if it got any closer it would have been near her throat.
“All we were doing was our usual walk to school and the dog attacked her.
“I’m just concerned - if the dog is taken out for a walk again it might attack another child.”
Brave Charlie hit the dog with her school bag to try and get it off her little sister, and Lesley said the dog ripped her coat while she was trying to lift Annalise away.
She said: “You hear about it happening but you don’t expect it to be your child.
“It was awful. We went to hospital afterwards and when the girls got in they were sick because they were so scared.
“If it was an adult doing it to another adult they would be arrested.”
The dog is believed to be a black Staffordshire bull terrier, and was with its owner, who also had a smaller white dog.
The owner of the dog is thought to be in her 60s, with short grey/blonde hair and was wearing a white bodywarmer with jeans and trainers.
A police spokesperson said an incident happened between Crownhill Road and Wollaton Grove yesterday, where a child was left with a small cut under their eye following a dog bite.
The spokesperson said: “It was a frightening experience for the family and we will speak to the owner to prevent this sort of thing happening again.
“We are continuing with our investigations.”
If anyone has any information they can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference EL/13/4452