Girl, 5, runs out into street covered in blood after being mauled by dog

A five-year-old girl had her face horrifically mauled by a dog which "ripped the side of her face off".

The youngster playing round her neighbour's house in Garston, Liverpool when she was severely bitten by their pet on Saturday afternoon.

Three police cars and three paramedic vehicles rushed to the scene where the girl ran out of the address covered in blood, the ECHO reports.

The child was taken to Alder Hey where she has stayed for two nights and had an operation to repair significant wounds to her face.

The dog, said to a pitbull cross, has been destroyed.

The girl's aunt said her niece had been invited to a neighbour's house but while inside she was attacked by a dog in the kitchen.

The relative, who has asked not to be named, told the Liverpool Echo: "My sister rang me distraught on Saturday, she couldn't breathe.

"The neighbour opposite had called my niece over to theirs to play, but the dog had attacked her and ripped the side of her face off.

"I've seen the injury, it was horrendous.

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"We're distraught, she's a beautiful dainty little thing.

"But she's resilient and upbeat, a little fighter."

Merseyside Police are investigating the incident and it is understood statements have been taken from those involved.

Because the attack happened on private property, and not in a public place or outdoors, and the animal was a legal breed, if it is unclear as yet if any criminal offences have been committed.

Relatives said the child had asked if she could give the dog a biscuit when it attacked.

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She has since tearfully asked her family: "Will the hospital make me beautiful again?"

It is understood the dog has only been living at the address for a number of days.

"I'm angry about dog owners that don't take ownership and responsibility of things that happen."

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that officers are investigating following a dog attack in Garston on Saturday 21 November.

"At around 2pm, police and the ambulance service were called to Chesterton Street to reports of a five-year-old girl being bitten by a dog at a house.

"She received facial injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

"The dog was destroyed and our enquiries are ongoing"

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