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Mother and daughter rushed to hospital after horror dog attack during shopping spree

Vicky Rafferty and her daughter Evie-Louise Mannion were at the Gallagher Retail Park in Coventry on Monday when the horrific event unfolded – the distraught mother pulled her defenseless daughter from the German Shepherd’s mouth

Vicky said it was the worst day of her life when she was forced to pull her daughter from the clutches of the attacking German shepherd
Vicky said it was the worst day of her life when she was forced to pull her daughter from the clutches of the attacking German shepherd

A mother and her seven-year-old daughter have been hospitalized after being attacked by a dog while shopping.

Vicky Rafferty and her daughter Evie-Louise Mannion were at the Gallagher Retail Park in Coventry on Monday when the horrific event unfolded.

Vicky, 35, shared how the German shepherd attacked her daughter for no apparent reason while they were walking together – before attempting to pull the dog away from her defenseless daughter as she screamed in agony, and eventually being attacked too.

She explained what had happened: “We were between Aldi and Pets at Home at the Gallagher Retail Park on Monday between 4:30pm and 5:00pm. We walked along and it literally attacked my daughter Evie-Louise.

“It knocked her down. Luckily she’s got her hands pulled to her face, but she got bites on her arms – it’s a mess.

“He grabbed her foot and pulled her to the ground and bit her from her shoulder to just above her elbow. The dog just wouldn’t let go.”

Vicky said all she could think about was protecting her daughter. When her efforts, along with those of the dog’s owner, failed, she resorted to desperate measures, they reported Coventry Live.







Terrible wounds on Evie-Louise’s arm
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Evie-Louise with a bandage over one of her wounds
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“I had to kick him in the face four times and then he attacked me,” she said. “I was pulling my daughter’s legs, anything to get her away from that dog.

“It was a six-year-old German shepherd. The owner tried to pull him back on the harness but had no chance.”

Vicky said that although the dog was wearing a harness, he was not on a leash, adding that the owner said she took him to Pets at Home to have a muzzle fitted for him.

“I managed to get it off my daughter by kicking it in the face,” she said. “I was screaming, ‘Take my daughter away, take my daughter away’.







Evie-Louise Mannion was with her mother Vicky Rafferty, 35, when they were attacked by a dog while shopping at the Gallagher Retail Park
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Evie and Vicky sustained multiple bites and stab wounds
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“After four kicks in the face, it let go of her. Then it got me. I was on the ground and it bit me.”

Vicky suffered a series of bites, including stab wounds to her hip and the top of her leg, and estimated she was bitten five times. “I fought it on the floor,” she said. “I was wearing a thick padded coat and it tore through.”

The owner eventually got control of the dog and managed to lock him in her car. Vicky, who suffers from herniated discs in her spine, said she passed out twice after the attack.

They then waited for the police and ambulance to arrive. Both she and Evie-Louise were treated at the scene before being taken to Coventry and Warwickshire University Hospital for further treatment and a tetanus shot.







Vicky said her daughter’s arm swelled “like a balloon” and she suffered about seven bite injuries, including an ugly puncture wound that exposed fatty tissue
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Vicky said her daughter’s arm swelled “like a balloon” and she suffered about seven bite injuries, including an ugly puncture wound that exposed fatty tissue. Now Vicky and Evie-Louise deal with the aftermath of the attack.

“It was literally the worst day of my life,” Vicky said. “I had to get sleeping pills from my doctor and when I stop I have flashbacks.”

She said that Evie-Louise was deeply traumatized by the incident. She is about to visit UHCW’s Accident and Emergency Department again for an X-ray for severe pain in her shoulder.

Vicky added: “She doesn’t sleep well and in her sleep she cries and screams at night – ‘Mom, mom, please, please’.







Vicky said the dog managed to tear up a thick, padded coat she was wearing
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Vicky said that although the dog was wearing a harness, he was not on a leash, adding that the owner said she took him to Pets at Home to have a muzzle fitted for him
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She said she was relieved the police took the dog away – she had to call in a special canine unit from Birmingham to do it. However, she is concerned by the fact that she has been told by a police officer that the dog will be examined over a period of two weeks to determine whether or not it can be returned to its owner.

“I worry that this dog might be out there again soon,” she said. “I’m worried it might attack a child again, but next time it might be fatal.”

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We were called to the Gallagher Retail Park in Coventry on Monday (June 6) to report a child had been bitten by a dog. The seven-year-old and her mother, who suffered bruises, were treated at the scene by paramedics.

“The dog, a German shepherd, was confiscated under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act. It is now being investigated and the behavior of the dog assessed.”

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