Kelsie Male, a toddler, was hurled to the ground after an Alsatian dog lunged and sunk its teeth into her face.
After being bitten in the face by a dog in an unprovoked assault, an 18-month-old baby has been traumatized.
Kelsie Male, a toddler, was hurled to the ground after an Alsatian dog lunged and sunk its teeth into her face, narrowly missing her eye by millimeters.
Sophie Garth, her mother, who was a few steps behind, dashed to her aid and rushed the bloodied and bruised girl to the hospital.
Sophie and her partner Stuart Male, 33, went strolling with their three older children when the attack took place last week Saturday.
They were walking down the street near their house when the dog came out of nowhere and lunged for Kelsie’s face, according to Sophie.
The animal’s impact threw the baby backward, causing minor injuries, but her parents believe the incident has left her profoundly traumatized.
The family from Portland, Dorset, claims their youngest daughter has been waking up crying in the night, upset at being left alone and ‘jumpy’ around people and other dogs as a result of the attack.
Mother Sophie said:
‘Watching that dog go for my daughter is a sight that will sadly never leave me and I can still hear her crying when I close my eyes.
‘I was about four steps behind her on the pavement but the dog just came out of nowhere, completely unprovoked – it was bigger than her and sent her flying off the curb onto the floor.
‘It was awful seeing her in so much pain as she is such a lovely little girl with a big heart.
‘Thankfully her injuries are mainly recovered now, but the situation could have been so much different if the dog had bitten just millimetres higher on her face and got her in the eye.
‘She’s still traumatised – she wakes up in the night crying, she gets jumpy around everyone and she doesn’t want to be left alone.’
Police attended the scene but no arrests were made. The dog was believed to be owned by a visiting friend of one of the street’s residents.
As Sophie and Stuart rushed their daughter to Weymouth hospital, they said Kelsie’s face and mouth were bleeding and she had bruises all over her back from the fall.
‘She had blood over one side of her face but I was so scared to touch her in case I hurt her or caused it to get infected.
‘She cried for hours without stopping – I will never be able to forget the sound of those cries.’
‘What happened that day will never leave my memory – my beautiful little girl was bitten for no reason.
‘You never expect this kind of thing will ever happen to your child, she is such a lovely girl, she has a big heart, and she was a huge animal lover before this.
‘She’s incredibly lucky that the dog missed her eye or this could have been so much worse, but it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
‘We’re just praying that she will get over the trauma and go back to how she was before.
‘I just want this to be a warning to other parents to be wary letting their children near dogs you don’t know – you can never be sure what might happen and it’s not worth the risk.’