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7-yr-old savaged by husky - warning: graphic pictures
THE mother of a young girl who was savagely attacked by a dog says she wants to see the owner prosecuted.
Seven-year-old Madison Thomas was playing with another girl at the Peachley Leisure camp site in Lower Broadheath, near Worcester, on Saturday when she was bitten on the face by a large Malamute husky that was chained up outside a caravan.
She was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester and had to have 32 stitches along her right cheek and chin in a two-hour operation.
Her parents Gail and Gary, who live in Solihull and are regular holiday-makers at the campsite, fear their daughter will be permanently scarred after the attack.
“She’s going to be scarred for life,” said 43-year-old Mrs Thomas.
“She might have to have corrective surgery.
“I want him [the owner] prosecuted. He told the police he took her to be introduced the dog. I want him to take responsibility for what he’s done, for what he’s caused.
“Madison would never have gone up to that dog. We’ve got big dogs ourselves. If a dog’s chained up she knows not to go by them.”
The couple who own the dog are thought to be from Wales and have since had it destroyed on advice from the police. Mrs Thomas believes a prosecution is unlikely because the dog was chained up.
“The law needs changing,” she said.
“The dog’s protected in the sense it was the owner’s fault. It was stupidity on his part.” Sarah Pugh, wife of the owner of Peachley Leisure, said: “It’s a really upsetting and devastating tragic accident. The family concerned have done the decent thing and had the dog put down.
“Everybody is really upset. Unfortunately it was just an accident.”
Sarah Buxton, of West Mercia Police , said: “It’s not believed at this time there was any offence, but we’re still making enquiries into the incident and whether any further action needs to be taken.”