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Child attack dog to be destroyed

Chloe Grayson
Chloe Grayson had to have surgery after the attack

A rottweiler dog which attacked a nine-year-old girl, leaving her scarred for life, must be destroyed, a judge has ruled.

Chloe Grayson needed surgery on her face after being attacked at a New Year's Eve party at a neighbour's house in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

The dog, a three-year-old male called Bully, was seized by police.

Judge John Foster, sitting at Rotherham Magistrates' Court, approved a police application for the dog to be put down.

'Mauled her'

The dog's owner now has 21 days in which to appeal against the decision.

In January Chloe's mother Nicola Grayson told the BBC that the dog was owned by her neighbours in South Anston and had been roaming around the house during the party.

Chloe had been playing upstairs before she came down to the kitchen for a drink.

Mrs Grayson said: "The dog was about a foot away and it just pounced on and mauled her. It bit her and ragged her around the kitchen.

"Chloe was screaming. It was terrifying. I got hold of her and tried to stop the bleeding."

Her daughter was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital where she underwent plastic surgery.

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