Girl, 5, left traumatised after savage dog attack

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A girl has been left traumatised after her neighbour’s dog tore a chunk out of her cheek in a savage dog attack. Little Elsie, five, was playing with her sister in South London when she was brutally attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier. Elsie was forced to endure three surgeries in an attempt to reconstruct her face, with the young girl needing more surgeries in the future. 

The attack happened on September 25 at around 5pm as Elsie played with her sister Amelia, nine.

The terrier appeared with no lead or muzzle and launched the attack, with the two girls attempting to escape over a wall. 

But sadly, Elsie fell as her sister managed to climb over the wall, with the dog biting the little girl’s face. 

Elsie’s mum, Kirsty, 29, had been watching the girls from inside when the horror attack occured.

She told MyLondon how her darling girl is now traumatised for life.

She said: “She doesn’t want to go out, particularly on public transport because she doesn’t want people to stare at her.

“She hasn’t been back to school since because she doesn’t want her friends to see her like this.”

The savage attack only stopped when Kirsty bravely ran to her daughter’s rescue.

She said: “There was blood everywhere and a chunk of her face was wide open. A chunk of her cheek was hanging off and you could see inside her nose through the bridge of her nose.

“In the ambulance, she was trying to fall asleep but the paramedics were talking to her to try to keep her conscious.

“She turned to me at one point and said ‘Mummy it’s ok but I’ve got to go, I’ve got to close my eyes now’.”

Elsie was rushed to hospital where doctors confirmed she would need medical support for the rest of her life.

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Police have since seized the dog that belonged to their neighbour. A 56-year-old woman was interviewed under caution last Tuesday but no arrests have been made.

Croydon Council is currently trying to move Elsie and her family to another home – but in the meantime, they are reminded of the horror events every day.

Kirsty said: “It’s very hard coming in and out of our home, seeing where they used to play.

“Every time I open the door it’s right there. I can’t look at the place where it happened, I can’t put the bins out. The kids find it hard to come in and out, I have to carry Elsie and her older sister in every time. It’s been catastrophic for our whole family. My partner, my kids, everyone is in counselling. We’re all just traumatised.”

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