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Monday, 30 September, 2002, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Girl savaged by pet dog
Jade Wardle
Jade needed plastic surgery for her injuries
A two-year-old girl suffered horrific facial injuries after being attacked by the family's new pet dog.

Jade Wardle, from County Durham, had plastic surgery for her injuries and needed a tear duct replaced during surgery on Saturday night.

She was injured when the family's new dog, Hooch - a Labrador-cross - lunged at her face as she put her arms around it.

The family had owned the dog for just three days.


There was no growling or snarling, he just went for her face, it was awful

Rochelle Wardle

Jade's mother Rochelle, 22, had to kick out at the three-year-old dog, to make it loosen its grip before rushing outside where friends and family telephoned an ambulance.

Ms Wardle, of Pelton Fell, Chester-le-Street, said she was in the kitchen with her daughter when the attack happened.

"Things could have been far worse and I dread to think what would have happened if I had not been there.

"There was no growling or snarling, he just went for her face, it was awful.

"He was such a lovely dog in the first three days and this is such a shock.

"I cannot believe what happened.

"I don't think it was an aggression thing but more a jealousy thing with the affection I was showing Jade."

Animal destroyed

The youngster spent the night in the University Hospital of North Durham, where was treated for her injuries.

Ms Wardle said she had bought the dog from a private advert in a local magazine and had visited the family before buying it.

The couple who originally sold the dog arrived on Sunday to take it back, before Ms Wardle and Jade returned from hospital.

Ms Wardle added: "As far as I know they were going to have it put down.

"They couldn't keep it themselves and the woman said she would not be able to live with herself if it went to another family and did the same thing."


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