Birmingham: Shocking moment dog attacks children
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Georgia Wilson-Wheeler needed 25 stitches to reattach her lip after being attacked by a dog. Humberside Police are appealing for witnesses and further information about the attack. The incident happened on Thursday, March 11 at around 7.30pm.
Georgia was taking out the bin for her mum when she noticed a dog hanging around near their bins.
After shooing the dog away, she knelt down to pick some rubbish off of the floor, only for the dog to come back and attack her.
Georgia’s family believe the dog to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with a Pitbull.
The dog caused major injuries to Georgia’s face and she is now recovering at home.
Georgia’s mum, Cheryl Wilson told Grimsby Live: “Due to the confusing changes to our bin day, we realised that we needed to put the recycling bin out for Friday morning.
“When she went outside, she noticed that there was a dog sniffing around the bins, and she quickly shooed it away. But when she knelt down to pick up some rubbish off the floor, the dog lunged at her.
“Georgia ran into the house screaming and bleeding everywhere. Thankfully I’ve had first aid training so I remained calm and got her some towels to cover her wound to reduce the bleeding.
“If I’d just panicked she would have panicked even more, so I needed to calm her down while calling A&E.
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“When she was in hospital she was so pale because of the amount of blood that she had lost. She needed 25 stitches in her mouth because of the damage to her lip as well as the inside of her cheek.
“It’s going to take a long time for her to fully recover. The stitches will dissolve within two to three weeks, it will take a few months to fully heal, but it will take up to six months before the scarring will go down.
“She’s unable to eat solid foods at the moment because of the injury, so she’s just on soup and porridge at the moment. It’s really affected her mentally as well, we have a staffy crossed with a boxer and she’s even hesitant to go near our dog.
“Georgia actually went into college on Monday because she didn’t want to fall behind with school, but her painkillers were so strong she fell asleep, so she’s staying at home to study and get some much needed rest now.”
Cheryl believes the dog that attacked her daughter may be linked to other recent dog attacks in the area.
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She added: “Speaking with the police, they’re looking into it being the same dog causing all the trouble in the area, as well as looking at CCTV on the shop nearby to see if they can get a good look at it.
“I managed to catch a look at it as it was walking away, and it looked like a mix between a staffy and a pitbull. Georgia said the ears were different to our dog, and that it was a bit larger too, which is why we think it’s that breed.
“We have been trying to work out why it was rummaging in our bins and attacked her. We were thinking it has been neglected and left out to fend for itself, the owner was nowhere to be seen.
“My partner thinks he’s seen it out and about in the nearby area, especially when walking around Willingham Street. If he spots the dog he’s going to try and get a picture to see if we can identify it.
“I’m mostly worried, now, about the number of children who walk to school in the area. My daughter is 18 and was very seriously injured – what would the same dog do to a young child or teenager?”
Humberside Police are currently looking into the incident and appealing for witnesses.
A spokesperson said: “On Thursday 11 March at approximately 7:30pm, a woman was reported to have been attacked by a dog on Hainton Avenue, Grimsby.
“It was reported that the woman was approached by the dog as she knelt to retrieve something from the ground when she was bitten.
“The victim sustained serious injury to her face and required medical treatment as a result.
“The dog was not in the company of its owner and is described as a Brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
“We are appealing for any witnesses to the incident and we are also asking for the owner of the dog to come forward to assist with our enquiries.
“If anyone has any information, or CCTV, please call our non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference 16/29981/21.”
Additional reporting Corey Bedford.
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