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Surgery for girl attacked by dog

Niamh Webster-Guy
Niamh had to have 100 stitches to repair the damage to her face

A nine-year-old Derbyshire girl has undergone reconstructive facial surgery after being bitten by a dog.

Niamh Webster-Guy was standing on a pavement outside a friend's house in Cotmanhay when a Bullmastiff dog jumped up a fence and attacked her.

Niamh underwent a three-hour operation to repair damage to her face and received more than 100 stitches.

The dog's owners declined to comment. Derbyshire Police said they were investigating last week's attack.

An RSPCA spokesperson said because the dog was on private property, the Dangerous Dogs Act may not apply in this case.

Cheryl Webster, Niamh's mother, said she wanted the dog to be destroyed. "I want justice done...not only because of what has happened to us but because it could happen again.

"I think it's the responsible thing to do."

Niamh said she was still upset about her injuries. "It just feels numb and like a balloon. I still feel it's quite gruesome and bad."

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