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1991: Toddler 'poorly' after dog attack

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A two-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after being savaged by a Rottweiler dog.

Charlotte Hall suffered serious head injuries in the attack which happened at a pub in Yorkshire.

Her condition is described as "poorly".

The dog attacked the child as she was being carried by her father, David Hall.

The 20-stone animal clamped the child around the head with its jaws and pulled her away.

'Bare hands'

The attack happened at the New Tavern pub in the north Yorkshire village of Stokesley where Mr Hall works as a chef.

The dog was used to guard the premises.

The child's mother, Deborah Hall, said her husband fought the dog with his bare hands to rescue Charlotte.

"He was on the floor fighting with the dog, his knees round the dogs neck and pulling on the dog's choker to get the dog's jaws released from her head," said Mrs Hall.

In Context
The issue of dangerous dogs had been in and out of the headlines since 1989, when 11-year old Kelly Lynch was killed by two Rottweilers in Scotland.

That and other attacks led to the passing of the Dangerous Dogs Act in May 1991.

It required so-called 'fighting' dogs - mainly pit bull terriers - to be registered, muzzled in public and neutered.

But a public outcry developed as hundreds of crossbreeds and pedigree Staffordshire Bull Terriers were seized as unregistered, illegal pit bull 'types' and sometimes destroyed.

In 1997 the government amended the Act by removing the mandatory death sentence for any unregistered dog deemed to be a pit bull breed.


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