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Dog attacks are leaving record numbers of people with life-changing injuries, NHS data reveals


DOG attacks are leaving record numbers of people with life-changing injuries, NHS data reveals.

Hospital medics treated 3,307 cases last year that required urgent cosmetic surgery after savage maulings – an average of nine a day.

 Mum-of-three Elayne Stanley was savaged to death by her pet American bulldogs
Mum-of-three Elayne Stanley was savaged to death by her pet American bulldogsCredit: Refer to Caption
 Frankie MacRitchie was found dead after being savaged by a bulldog at a caravan park in April

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Frankie MacRitchie was found dead after being savaged by a bulldog at a caravan park in AprilCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

It is up from 2,233 a decade earlier, a rise of 48 per cent.

And there were a further 5,257 hospital appointments for people who had been injured by dogs but did not need an operation.

Official figures from NHS Digital reveal the worst affected group are tots under the age of five.

Last year, there were 427 hospital consultations for babies and toddlers that needed plastic surgery after being bitten by a dog.

These included cases where wounds had to be stitched – as well as more serious skin grafts and cosmetic reconstruction.

DANGEROUS DOGS

Dangerous dogs have sparked a series of recent tragedies.

In September, mum-of-three Elayne Stanley, 44, was savaged when her two mastiffs turned on her at home.

Paramedics battled to save her but she died at the scene.

And nine-year-old Frankie MacRitchie was killed by a dog at a caravan park in Looe, Cornwall, in April.

The animal, a seven-year-old bulldog-cross called Winston, was later put down.

A Dogs Trust spokesperson said children should never be left alone with a dog.
They said: “Dog bites can be extremely distressing and upsetting incidents, but it’s important to remember the majority of people do live harmoniously with their beloved pets.”

Sandra McKevitt describes the moment dogs burst through her fence and mauled her two-year-old niece Ella

 





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