[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 August 2007, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Dog that mauled toddler put down
The Famous Old Pines in Wimborne Road, Bournemouth
Kira was with her mum in the pub garden when she was attacked
A dog that mauled a toddler has been destroyed, police have said.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacked 22-month-old Kira Neal in the garden of the Famous Old Pines in Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, on 3 August.

The girl, who lives in the Winton area of the town, suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to Poole Hospital where she underwent surgery.

The five-year-old dog was put down last week with the consent of the owner - a woman from north Dorset.

Dorset Police said the incident is still being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service but nobody has been charged in connection with it.

Kira needed between 50 and 60 stitches to her face, according to her father, Philip Neal, who said his daughter nearly lost an eye.

She has been released from the hospital but has to take painkillers four times a day and uses three different creams to reduce the scarring.

A 46-year-old north Dorset woman and a 48-year-old Bournemouth man were summoned by police in connection with the attack but neither was arrested.


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific