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Girl's Nose And Lips Left Hanging Off After Attack By Friend's Dog

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

Girl's nose and lips left hanging off in attack by friend's dog

A teenager has described how a friend's dog started licking her– and then savaged her face.

Chloe Walker, 16, was attacked so viciously that her tear duct was torn out, her cheekbone was fractured, her nose ripped out of place and her lips torn to shreds.

She had to have 100 stitches and is left with permanent injuries following the terrifying attack.

She was visiting a friend's house in Shaw, Oldham, when she was attacked by the animal - a Japanese Akita crossed with a Rottweiler.

She told her local paper: "When we got to the house I sat on one of the chairs in the living room but my friend and her grandma told me to move because that was the dog's chair.

"The dog started licking my face, and it made me feel uncomfortable so I tried to move away, but as I moved it attacked.

"The next thing I knew I was outside the house with blood gushing from my face. My nose and lip were hanging off and I could hardly see."

Chloe added: "My cheekbone will always be fractured - they can't fix that unless I have major surgery.

"Because my tear ducts were ripped out I have to have a glass tube inside my eye that filters my tears. The doctors had to sew my nose back on and sew my lips back together, and I've got a really deep scar on my face. It still hasn't healed, 18 months later."

Chloe and her parents contacted the police, but were shocked to discover no action could be taken against the owners of the dog because the incident happened on private property.

It is understood the dog was put down following the attack in August 2011. Chloe is now urging the Government to go ahead with plans for a change in the law.

Eighteen months after the attack, Chloe says she has been left so traumatised she is scared to go out in public and constantly feels like she's being judged.

She said: "It's affected me in so many ways. I've become anxious around dogs, dog lovers and people I don't know.

"Even walking in public with no makeup on is a demanding task, I can't bring myself to do it.

"I dread sleeping at night in fear of having nightmares.

"I find it difficult to have relationships because I think the constant reminders and moods I go in over the intrusive thoughts will destroy them.

"My old friend and her family have blamed me and said it's my own fault because I was told it was the dog's chair, but it was a sofa, I didn't see anything wrong in sitting down.

"The family have not shown any remorse - I still see them near my home and they act like nothing has happened.

"That's why the Government needs to carry on trying to change the law on this.

"I fully support it, and knowing other people think they should be prosecuted has given me the confidence to speak out.

"It's happening too often now, and the attack on me and other attacks on young girls in the news show it can happen to people of any age.

"I will fight until the day I die for justice for people in the same boat as me."

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