A nine-year-old girl has undergone reconstructive facial surgery, after a Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacked her on Sunday.
Poppy Bright, of Hillborough Crescent, Houghton Regis, was playing in her friend’s garden, when the pet dog attacked her.
The Thornhills Primary school pupil suffered injuries to her mouth and chest and was taken to Luton and Dunstable hospital where she was put on 2 drips and prepared for surgery on Monday morning, she was discharged from the hospital on Monday night.
Poppy’s mum, Zoe Bright, 37, said: “She is still in shock about what has happened, we all are, her little face is still so sore but she is being so brave.
“She was just playing in her friend’s garden, when the dog viciously attacked her, he ripped her lip wide open.
“She is staying with my mum for a few days because she needs to get some rest, she has two younger brothers and we have three pet dogs, a Yorkshire Terrier, a Shih Tzu and a Chihuahua, staying at home would not be very quiet or relaxing for her.
“The dog was attacked by another dog a few weeks ago, and in my opinion, it was not itself and should not have been left in the garden with the children.”
Gil Chart, Poppy’s grandmother, 56, said: “It’s terrifying what has happened, Poppy knows the dog and has been around it quite a lot.
“I think she has been left traumatised, last night she held my hand tight and said to me that she thought she died when he bit her.
“Her mouth is very swollen and she is finding it difficult to talk, she is taking food and drink through a straw at the moment.
“We all love animals, especially Poppy, I don’t know how she will be with dogs after this experience.”
She won a fancy dress competition with her pet dog earlier this month.
Ms Chart, said: “She is a beautiful girl and is very girly, she loves dressing up.
“She looked in the mirror this morning, and said, I look like a zombie, I told her she did not look like a zombie and that she was beautiful.
Her mum added: “We are all trying to stay positive for Poppy, we do not know how successful the reconstructive surgery will be until the swelling has gone down.”
“I want to raise awareness about how a family dog brought up around kids can turn, and I want to make parents more vigilant with there dogs.”
The police have confirmed that the Staffordshire bull terrier will be put down.