A mother is calling for a change in the law after her daughter lost part of her bottom lip and two teeth when a dog bit her.
Seven-year-old Grace Lucas had to undergo emergency surgery at Newcastle’s RVI on Sunday morning after she was bitten by a Japanese Akita.
The dog has since been destroyed, but Grace’s mum Lianne, of Ashington, is now calling for a change in the law to allow criminal charges to be brought against dog owners.
“It was absolute hell on earth,” she said, “I felt sick to the pit of my stomach.
“She’s got no lip, and it’s pulled two of her adult teeth out.
“We called the police but they said they can’t do anything because it was inside a house, so there’s not a thing I can do about it.”
Now Lianne is looking to start a petition to get a change in the law so people can be prosecuted if their dog attacks someone in a house.
“I want to raise awareness of the law, and that it needs changing.
“It makes me sick that even if he had killed her out right, there would be nothing I could do about it.
“I am a dog owner myself and I know there is some element of risk, but she has lost her lip, and it seems crazy that nothing can be done just because it happened inside a house.”
A police spokesman said: “A seven-year-old girl was in a house in Glenwood when she was bitten on the face by a Japanese Akita dog, suffering facial injuries.
“She was taken to Wansbeck Hospital for treatment and later transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
“The incident happened inside a private dwelling and as such no criminal offences have taken place.
“Officers gave advice to the owners and the dog was removed from the house and subsequently destroyed with the owner’s consent.”