A father has told how his daughter could be scarred for life after he was forced to wrench a dog’s jaws from her hand after a greyhound attacked her on a day out.
Little Abbiegale Osman-Hawkes was eating a sausage roll in her pram during a family stroll in the park when a dog “appeared from nowhere”.
Parents Vicky Hawkes, 29, and Jason Osman, 30, watched in horror as the out-of-control dog pounced on the tot and locked its jaws around her hand.
She screamed as retail assistant Jason pulled the dog off his 14-month-old daughter, before the owner gave a brief apology and left in the car with her dog.
Furious Jason said: “The dog’s teeth went almost to the bone, through her skin and tore the cartilage.
“It had her whole hand in its mouth. If she had had that sausage roll near her mouth, what would have happened then? I don’t want to even think about it.
“The doctor said she might well be left with a scar, and she is understandably grouchy now.”
The family were on a walk through Weston Woods at 11.45am on Sunday, with their five children – including Abbiegale who had just woken up from a nap.
The dark-coloured greyhound cross stopped for a picnic when the dog – without an owner – appeared, and attacked their youngest child.
Jason said: “This dog came and just clamped its jaws around her hand.
“We were shocked at first, but I threw my phone that I was holding, grabbed the dog’s mouth and pulled it open.
“It was off within a couple of seconds. The owner said sorry and asked if she was ok and I said she wasn’t, and she went after the dog and left.”
They took her straight to Weston Hospital where the puncture wounds was dressed and she was given antibiotics.
Ms Hawkes then contacted police after helping her daughter, who said they will be checking CCTV in the area.
She said: “Abbiegale is ok but she is still having nightmares and is too scared of our own dog.
“I was scared and in tears as I thought the dog wasn’t going to let her hand go.
“I just want to say to others to be careful and be aware when you have food out.”