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Doncaster school girl mauled by dog at holiday park

Gail Stobbs, of Stainforth with her daughter Millie after she was bitten by a dog on holiday. Picture: Andrew Roe

Gail Stobbs, of Stainforth with her daughter Millie after she was bitten by a dog on holiday. Picture: Andrew Roe

A schoolgirl is recovering after she was viciously attacked by a dog while on holiday.

Millie Stobbs, six, was enjoying the last day of her holiday when she was attacked by a terrier chained to a nearby caravan.

The dog bit the youngster’s forearm, right cheek and her chin - which led to the youngster being put under local anaesthetic and treated by a surgeon after the wounds became infected.

Millie’s mum, Gail, of Kirton Lane, Stainforth, said the incident was ‘horrifying’ and is worried her daughter may be scarred for life.

The 38 year-old added: “I heard her scream and I ran out and found her with her face pouring with blood.

“The dog was chained up on a lead, but it must have been a long one because it managed to bite her on the arm when she tried to run away.”

The mum-of-three says Millie, who attends Kirton Lane Primary School, was the second person holidaying at Withernsea Sands Holiday Village in Humberside to be attacked by the terrier. She believes Humberside Police is not doing enough to ‘make sure this doesn’t happen again’.

“We were told that the owner was just given a caution, which isn’t enough. I think the dog should be put down, added Gail.

“When I spoke to the owner about what had happened, she apologised and said that it was on a lead, but that doesn’t make it okay.

“What if it had been my 18 month-old baby, it would have killed him. The last thing you expect when you go on holiday is for your children to be put in danger.”

A spokesman for Humberside police said of the incident: “Following an incident reported to police on April 18 at the Withernsea Sands Holiday Village involving a child being bitten by a dog; police are in contact with the family and the owner of the dog gathering further information.”

Government legislation states that it is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control and injure someone in a public place, with penalties including a £5,000 fine and six months in prison.

Nobody from Withernsea Sands Holiday Village was available for comment.

 

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