Owner flees scene after dog attacks schoolgirl | United Kingdom | New
The mother of the girl whose leg was bitten by the dog has criticized her owner for fleeing the scene. Kerry Stewart said her daughter, Emily, was returning from primary school when she was attacked by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier on June 14.
According to Kerry, her daughter was left with a bruised and “visibly swollen” calf, which was later examined at a nearby hospital.
She also expressed fears that other children in the area could be attacked by the dog.
Speaking to The Mirror, Kerry explained: “If it had been a two-year-old walking along this road it could have been much worse.
“I just hope that no other children are attacked by this dog on the street because this owner clearly does not care and she will continue to take this dog out so that he continues to fetch people. people just aren’t it’s not safe to walk down that street.”
The 40-year-old said Emily showed her the bite via FaceTime, before picking her up from a friend’s house and taking her to A&E.
Recalling her daughter’s description of the attack, Kerry said: “[Emily and her friend] were walking and just as they approached one of these side roads, the lady and her dog came around the corner, and then the dog went right at her.
“When Emily was bitten, the lady left. She didn’t check to see if she was okay, nothing.”
The hospital said an infection was unlikely to develop from the bite, but should be “keep an eye out for”.
Kerry added: “The description [Emily] given was from a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. My next door neighbor actually has two of these dogs and that’s how she described them, she said ‘like the dogs next door’ and they’re both Staffies.”
In an attempt to warn others, she posted photos of her daughter’s injuries on social media with the caption, “I would hate to think another child might be hurt.”
She continued: “I know it’s not the dog’s fault and we can’t label Staffies in any particular way. My next door neighbor has two and they are the friendliest dogs. But I hope this message saves another child from being bitten or worse.”
Kerry received messages from other locals in response to the post, with a woman saying her French bulldog was attacked by a dog of a similar description.
Another resident told him the description fits that of a dog that is often seen “growling, barking and jumping” at others on the street.
Kerry filed a police report and said officers attended her home to take a full statement.
She added: ‘They will check to see if there have been any further complaints and pass the information on to a dog sitter who at this stage will have the power to take action against the owner.
Speaking the day after the attack, Kerry said: “Emily isn’t too bad now but this morning she said it was getting worse and she needed meds. I don’t know if she is still in shock at what happened, but it will be interesting to see when she walks down that street again, and to see if she’s wary of dogs on the corners.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers received reports at around 8.35pm on Wednesday June 15, 2022 that a nine-year-old girl was bitten by a dog on Hawthorn Crescent, Aberdeen.
“Investigations are ongoing.”