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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 November 2005, 11:21 GMT
Dog attack girl fights for life
A six-year-old girl has been critically injured after being attacked by three dogs in her back garden in Birmingham.

Shana Wellington, who has Down's Syndrome, was attacked on Monday as she played outside in Bordesley Green. She suffered head injuries.

The dogs are thought to have broken out of a cage and through a fence bordering the house on Pretoria Road. Shana had not gone to school due to a flood.

The dogs, thought to be bull terriers, were destroyed after the attack.

'Dogs seized'

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "The six-year-old girl received severe head injuries during the attack and as a result the dogs were seized by the dog warden."

She added the owner, who has been interviewed by officers, was extremely distressed by what happened on Monday.

There have been no arrests but a file is being prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service which will decide if any action should be taken.

Shana was taken to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and then transferred to an intensive care unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent.

Pete Millington, the chief officer for West Midlands Disability, said one of his colleagues had witnessed the attack.

'Lots of screaming'

"The little girl had gone out into the back garden on her own when three dogs came through the fence - I saw the hole (in the fence) on the television," he said.

"The noise of the dogs barking and growling alerted her mother and my two colleagues. There was lots of screaming and it took them some time to get them off her.

"My colleague said there was lots of blood and two ambulances were called."

He said the family were extremely traumatised and were being supported by friends in the community.

But, he added that he had been led to believe Shana's eye and ear had been saved by doctors and she would soon be transferred to a Birmingham hospital.

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