Halloween fun turned into a real horror when a 6-year-old girl was bitten by a dog while out collecting treats with her older sister and a group of friends.
Miley Smith had called at the home of one of her neighbours dressed as an evil doctor. The woman was stood on the doorstep happily handing out treats to the children when her two large dogs barged their way past her, sending the children into a panic.
As the children ran away in fear, one of the dogs escaped the property and bit Miley in the small of her back as she was trying to climb over a small gate.
Miley’s mum Vicky told Chronicle Live that the children had all been so excited when they went off with their treat bags. She added: “At the time I thought they would be safe just around the local doors.”
But a short time later, a neighbour brought the hysterical child back home, telling Vicky that she had been bitten by a dog.
Katrina Elsey, who specialises in compensation for dog attack claims at Atherton Godfrey, commented on the case: “This little girl suffered nasty injuries as a result of being bitten by the dog.
Allowing your dog to be ‘dangerously out of control’ can have serious consequences if it attacks someone, regardless of whether they are in a public place or on private property.
Dog bite injuries can have long lasting, devastating effects very often leaving scarring as well as psychological injuries.”
The law around dog attacks is complex so it’s important to get specialist legal advice if you or a loved one are injured by a dog.