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Teenage girl seriously injured in 'horrific' dog attack

The girl was seriously injured. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 14-year-old girl has been seriously injured in a "horrific" dog attack in Gateshead.

The victim was left with serious injuries to her arm after the incident on Saturday afternoon in a garden at a house in Millbrook, Felling.

Police spent an hour trying to bring the "highly agitated" dog, which was believed to be an American Bulldog, under control but eventually had to shoot and destroy it to "ensure public safety".

The incident happened at a house in Millbrook Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

They said it was a "last resort".

The teenager has been taken to hospital and is currently receiving treatment for serious injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.

Chief Inspector Dave Gould said:

Our thoughts are with this young girl who has endured a horrific attack by a dog that was highly agitated and a danger to other people.

At the moment we don't know the full extent of her injuries, however we do believe they are incredibly serious and we hope she is ok.

Officers at the scene spent more than an hour attempting to bring the dog safely under control but unfortunately despite best efforts it continued to remain highly agitated and posed a real danger.

We did not want to have to destroy the animal but our main concern has to be public safety, we already had one young girl who had been seriously injured and we had to do what we could to prevent anyone else from coming to harm.

I cannot stress enough how much of a last resort this was for us and a number of options were considered including the use of specialist officers. We know local residents will be concerned and will have extra officers in the area to speak with residents and offer them reassurance.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident.

– Chief Inspector Dave Gould


Several children taken to hospital after dog attack in Blyth

A number of children have been taken to hospital with bite wounds after being attacked by a dog in Blyth.

Children were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital Credit: John Tuttiett

Police and paramedics were called to a park next to Burns Avenue at 6.30pm this evening. A number of children were taken to hospital by paramedics but none of the injuries are thought to be serious.

Credit: John Tuttiett

Police brought the animal under control and it is being held at secure kennels whilst its owner is located.

Credit: John Tuttiett
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