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BBC Scotland's Alan Mackay
"The procurator fiscal is being informed"
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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK
Dog attack girl recovering
Neapolitan Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiffs are widely used as guard dogs
The seven-year-old girl who was savaged by her 12-stone family dog is said to be "comfortable" in Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital.

Lauren McCormick was attacked in her garden of her home in Alloa by the Neapolitan Mastiff, which suddenly turned on her.

As the girl's family raced to help her, the dog, described as the size of a small pony, cowered in the corner of the garden.

The dog, which the family had only owned for about six weeks, was later destroyed.

Lauren suffered injuries to her face, arms and upper body and later underwent surgery at Yorkhill.

Dog attack home
The girl was attacked at the family home
A local vet was called in to destroy the dog. He called for help from Blairdrummond Safari Park and a dart was fired at the dog to sedate it before it was put down l5 minutes later.

The vet said the dog was clearly very frightened and no-one could get near it.

Central Scotland Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Inspector Ian Cameron, based at Alloa, said: "Police enquiries are underway and a report into the matter will be submitted to the procurator fiscal at Alloa."

Neapolitan Mastiffs, which are widely used as guard dogs, are not on the dangerous dogs list.

They can kill when incited, but experts say the breed is normally very protective to family members when kept as a household pet.

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