Child in­jured

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page -

Girl bit­ten in the face dur­ing a dog at­tack in Waikiki.

WAIKIKI girl Paige Hankey (10) was bit­ten on the face by a dog at Sea­haven Re­serve park on Fa­ther’s Day.

Paige’s mother Tracee New­ton said Paige asked the owner of a brown, fluffy three­legged dog and was given the okay to pat it.

“A wit­ness said she may have got­ten too close and spooked the dog,” Ms New­ton said.

The dog bit Paige, scratched her near her eye and on her cheek. She also has a punc­ture wound just un­der her chin.

The Chart­house Pri­mary School stu­dent has missed a cou­ple of days of school as she re­cov­ers from her in­juries.

“She was cry­ing in pain,” Ms New­ton said.

“The doc­tor thinks the wound has be­come in­fected as her mouth is swollen.”

Ms New­ton said Paige is now scared of other dogs and did not want to go to the park.

City of Rock­ing­ham rangers took a state­ment from Paige on Mon­day.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the coun­cil was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port of a dog at­tack, which took place at a des­ig­nated dog ex­er­cise area.

“The City takes all re­ports of this na­ture very se­ri­ously,” he said. “We re­mind dog own­ers that they are re­spon­si­ble for the con­duct of their dog at all times, and dogs should not be ex­er­cised off leash if they are not so­cial or friendly to other dogs and peo­ple.”

Paige Hankey (10) was bit­ten on her face.

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