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Rottweiler attacks nine-year-old
Chloe Grayson
Chloe was saved from worse injury when her parents fought off the dog
A nine-year-old girl has been scarred for life in an attack by a rottweiler dog in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Chloe Grayson needed surgery for facial injuries after being attacked at a New Year's Eve party at a neighbour's house in Wilberforce Road, South Anston.

Police are investigating the incident and have seized the dog, a two-and-half year-old male called Bully.

The attack came just three days after 13-month-old Archie-Lee Hirst was killed by a rottweiler in Wakefield.

He died on 28 December after being savaged at his grandparents' home by their pet rottweiler, which was later shot dead by a police marksman.

Parents step in

Archie-Lee died despite a brave attempt by his 16-year-old aunt to save him.

In the Rotherham attack, Chloe Grayson's parents managed to fight off the 10-stone animal after it bit their daughter on the face.

Although the dog was taken away by police, it has yet to be decided whether it should be put down.

Supt Keith Lumley, from South Yorkshire Police, said: "We can confirm that we are working closely with the family of a child who was involved in an incident on Wilberforce Road during which she received injuries from a rottweiler dog.

"The animal has been seized and is being cared for by South Yorkshire Police as part of an ongoing investigation.

"The owner of the animal is co-operating with the investigation.

"This is the first time an incident involving this particular animal has come to our attention."

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