THE MOTHER of a three-year-old is warning others after her daughter was attacked by a dog in her own garden.
Little Nancy-May Ripley was at her grandparents’ home in Pelham Road, Westham, holding her pet Chihuahua Gizmo when a Staffordshire Bull Terrier jumped in to the garden, ripped her clothing and bit her leg on Friday (August 17).
Her mother Rosie Ripley took the frightened youngster to hospital and it was found that she had two puncture wounds to her leg and had lost a toe nail.
Rosie said, “We live next door to my parents in Pelham Close and every morning she jumps across the wall to their garden with her little dog.
“I think this staff was fixated with the little dog she had in her arms but she hung on to it. In the end my dad pushed it off her.”
Rosie now wants to warn other parents and children that not all dogs are friendly and that care should be taken.
She added, “The little dog was in shock. He couldn’t eat or anything.
“It has also been very traumatic for my daughter. She won’t even go in to the garden because she is scared the dog is going to come back and attack her.
“We have to go in the front garden now and sit in the middle and even then she is jumpy. I think she has been having nightmares about it too.”
Rosie said the police have been informed about the dog attack.