13 February 2007
Teenager injured by bull terrier
A teenage girl on work experience at an RSPCA centre has suffered severe facial injuries following an attack by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross breed.
Emily Scott, 16, suffered horrific injuries to her nose after being attacked by the animal at the RSPCA's Preston centre, reports the Lancashire Evening Post.
It is thought that Ms Scott was preparing to clean the dog's cage when it attacked.
"Procedures were put in place to safeguard staff and volunteers and we will now carry out a full investigation to see how this tragic accident could have occurred," remarked an RSPCA spokesperson.
Ms Scott has been seen by a plastic surgeon at Preston Royal Hospital following the incident, which follows the death of five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson on New Year’s Day following an attack by her uncle's Pit Bull Terrier type dog.
Although attacks by bull terrier animals on people are thankfully rare, many dog owners have seen their pets savaged by such dogs.
An amnesty is currently underway in Merseyside on bull terrier dogs.