Tod­dler sav­aged by dog

Two-year-old girl at­tacked by dog out­side su­per­mar­ket. Bit­ten on face by an­i­mal tied up at store en­trance. Stitches needed to wounds on mouth, nose and lip.

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Mike Ben­nett

A TWO-year-old tod­dler is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing bit­ten by a dog out­side a su­per­mar­ket.

Now her par­ents are ques­tion­ing whether stores should al­low an­i­mals to be tied up out­side their en­trances.

De­spite suf­fer­ing a se­ries of night­mares, Chloe Love from Brom­ley Green Road, Ruckinge, is slowly get­ting back to nor­mal af­ter the at­tack while on a shop­ping trip to Tesco with her child­min­der.

As they came out of Tesco Park Farm, Kingsnorth, store Chloe ap­proached the alsatian-cross dog tied to a metal bar near the chil­dren’s play­things, which bit her on the face.

Stitches

She was taken to the William Har­vey hospi­tal by am­bu­lance and kept overnight for treat­ment that in­cluded stitches to her mouth, nose and lip.

The five-year-old dog was moved away from the main doors and tied up near the bi­cy­cle rack where it later bit a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer on the wrist.

Plum­ber Andy Love and his teacher wife An­drea were hor­ri­fied by the in­ci­dent and crit­i­cal of the store for al­low­ing dogs to be left teth­ered at the busy en­trance.

Mr Love said: “There is no way we blame the pro­fes­sional child­min­der. Chloe is a nor­mal child used to dogs as we have two Jack Rus­sells and it is nat­u­ral to be friendly if a dog is left near kids play­things.

“It was a ter­ri­ble shock to be called to the hospi­tal and find her in the state she was in but luck­ily now she is re­cov­er­ing at home and it does not ap­pear that she will have se­ri­ous scars for life.”

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Dog at­tack vic­tim Chloe Love

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Dog at­tack vic­tim Chloe Love with mum and dad Andy and An­drea and sis­ter So­phie

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