A NINE-year-old girl was mauled by a dog as she played in Anglesey Community Park with her family.
Chloe Woodhead was on the swings when the Staffordshire bull terrier lurched at her and pulled her from the seat by her leg, the Mail was told.
The child, of Queen Street, Burton, was left with gashes on her knee and foot, as well as bite marks and bruises.
Her mum Nicola said: “I was terrified when I saw her. I didn’t know what I was going to find. Her foot was covered in blood and she had big holes in her clothes. It looked like her toe was hanging off.”
Chloe had gone to the park with her sister Katie, and older cousins Jordan and Dylan.
They were playing when a woman went over to the park and let her dog off the lead.
The animal went straight for Chloe, her grandmother Pam Gaskin said.
“The kids said the woman told them her dog was usually friendly, and said she would go to get some tissues and some money for treats for them, and didn’t come back.
“To walk off and leave a child on the ground like that is terrible,” she added.
Chloe is currently unable to walk without crutches because of her injuries, but her mum said she hoped she would be better in time to return to Anglesey Primary School for the new term, next week.
The traumatic incident has left her wary of the family dog, a German shepherd-Staffordshire bull terrier crossbreed.
Mrs Woodhead said she was bought last year to help Chloe combat her fear of dogs.
“She was doing so well, and now this.
“This woman just came from nowhere. People should always have their dog on a lead. I would never let my dog off the lead,” she added.
Police have confirmed they were called out to investigate the vicious attack, which happened at the Cambridge Street park on Sunday afternoon.
A spokesman said: “The lady who was with the dog has been described as about 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build and with black hair. She was wearing a black puffa jacket, which looked quite big, and white trousers.
“The dog was a beige or brown Staffordshire bull terrier.
“Any witnesses should call PC Tom Ellington on 101, quoting incident number 407 of August 25.”