After being bitten in the face by a dog in an unprovoked assault, an 18-month-old baby has been traumatized.
Kelsie Male, a toddler, was tossed to the ground after an Alsatian dog lunged and sunk its teeth into her cheek, narrowly missing her eye by millimeters.
Sophie Garth, 28, who was a few steps behind her, dashed to her aid and hurried the battered and bloodied teenager to the hospital.
When the attack happened last week Saturday, Sophie and her husband Stuart Male, 33, were out walking with their three older brothers.
The animal’s impact threw the baby away, causing minor bruises, but her parents believe the experience has left her emotionally traumatized.
The family from Portland, Dorset, claims their youngest daughter has been waking up crying in the night, upset at being left alone and ‘jumpy’ around people and other pets as a result of the attack.
‘Watching the dog go after my daughter is a sight that will unfortunately never leave me, and when I shut my eyes, I can still hear her weeping,’ Sophie said.
‘I was only four strides behind her on the sidewalk when the dog appeared out of nowhere, unprovoked – it was taller than her and knocked her off the curb and onto the floor.’
‘It was heartbreaking to see her in such distress when she is such a sweet little girl with a huge heart.’
‘Thankfully, her bruises are almost healed now, but it might have turned out very differently if the dog had bitten her just a few millimeters higher on her forehead and bitten her in the cheek.’
‘She’s still traumatized – she wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, she gets nervous around people, and she doesn’t want to be left alone.’
While police were called to the scene, no arrests were made. The dog was thought to belong to a visiting acquaintance of one of the occupants of the lane.
Kelsie’s face and lips were swollen, and she had bruises all over her back from the fall, according to Sophie and Stuart as they rushed her to Weymouth Hospital.
Sophie continued, ‘She had blood on one side of her lip, but I was afraid to contact her for fear of hurting her or infecting it.’
She screamed for hours on end, and the memory of her crying will stay with me forever.’
‘What happened that day will stay with me forever – my precious little girl was bitten for no cause,’ Sophie said.
‘You never expect anything like this to happen to your child; she is such a lovely girl with a big heart who was previously a massive animal lover.’
‘She’s very fortunate that the dog hit her eye; otherwise, things may have turned out a lot worse, so it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.’
‘All we want is for her to get over the ordeal and return to her old self.’
‘I also want this to serve as a reminder to other parents to be cautious about allowing their children to interact with unknown dogs – you never know what could happen, and it’s not worth the risk.’