Their daughter Stella is a lover of all animals and dreams of becoming a veterinarian and was heartbroken when her grandparents’ neighbour, Peter, a terrier, died
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A mother has shared her horror when her three-year-old daughter was viciously attacked by a dog, leaving her “black and blue”.
Paula Gaughan lives with her three-year-old daughter Stella and regularly visits her parents, Tommy, 65, and Bridie, 60, who often babysit.
Her daughter is an animal lover and dreams of becoming a veterinarian and was very fond of her grandparents’ neighbor dog, Peter, a terrier that she often fed treats to.
After the pup died, she was heartbroken and longed to have another furry friend to run and play with.
Soon, a new dog named Jack, a 10-year-old Lurcher rescued from a local adoption center, showed up next door.
One evening when her grandparents were babysitting, she was in the garden with a packet of chips, where she left some chips for the dog.
Paula, a teacher from Glasgow, Lanarkshire, then received a call that neither parent wanted to hear – that her daughter had been assaulted.
“It was the worst call I’ve ever received and initially I thought she hit her head or fell – I didn’t think for a minute she might be attacked,” she said.
“I was in complete disbelief as my brain couldn’t process the information and it was agony knowing I wasn’t there to help.
“I thought she might have a cut or bruises on her arm, but when I found out she had severe cuts on her face I was devastated.
“My parents took care of her one night because I had an important meeting the next day, so I had a chance to prepare and relax.
“As it was a fine evening they were out in the garden and noticed their neighbor had trimmed his hedges and helped clean up.
“After he came back, he thanked my parents and started chatting with them.
“Stella ate a packet of chips and gave the crumbs to the dog, where she dumped them on the floor for him to easily reach.
“There was no indication the dog was unhappy as he was wagging his tail – but then she laid her head on his back.
“All of a sudden he growled and before my mom could say anything, he bit Stella.”
The three-year-old was taken to Hairmyres hospital and when she arrived it was clear how serious her injuries were – with dog-tooth marks just below her eye.
Paula, who shared a clip of her daughter’s injuries with her 30,000 followers on Instagram (@montessoriplaying), said: “She was worse than I expected, especially given the proximity of the bite marks to her eye.
“The medical team kept saying she was as lucky as if her eye had fallen out if the dog’s teeth had sunk a little higher.
“Her face was black and blue from bruises and she also had a concussion when she fell onto the concrete due to the dog’s force.
“She had another long sore on her cheek that pulls at the skin and creates a dimple-like depression – where she later contracted an infection.
“She started crying pus and goo from her wound and they put her on strong antibiotics.
“Because of the severity, she was given an adult dose as well as a tetanus shot and being so small, she got a bad reaction when she was left bedridden.”
Two weeks later, she was referred to the trauma center at her local children’s hospital, where they were told she should have had surgery straight away.
She’s likely to suffer scars as a result – but plans for plastic surgery to be performed to ‘save’ her face will happen in a couple of months.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/girl-3-viciously-attacked-dog-27325399 Girl, 3, viciously attacked by dog and left with 'black and blue' facial injuries