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Schoolgirl, 8, Mauled By Two Bulldogs May Not Walk Again

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Schoolgirl, 8, mauled by two bulldogs may not walk again

An eight-year-old girl was mauled by two bulldogs in her own back yard as she played with friends.

Broagan McCuaigh was attacked as she played outside her family home in Garthamlock, Glasgow.

She was taken to hospital following the six minute attack where she had a seven-hour operation for her injuries which are described as 'serious'.

Following the attack on Friday afternoon, police seized two American bulldogs and two people were charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Broagan's parents Tracy Cox and Neil McCuaigh, told reporters that doctors at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill, Glasgow, could not say if their little girl would walk again.

Mr McCuaigh said: "One of the dogs snapped her ankle. She has had several metal pins inserted to hold the bone straight and a brace to keep her leg straight.

"She will need to go into theatre several more times this week to keep an eye on it. They don't know whether she will be able to walk. It'll be around Christmas time before they can tell us.

Broagan's mum Tracy added: "She's in intensive care but she's stable. She just keeps asking if the dogs have been taken away. She hasn't seen herself.

"She asked tonight about her face – she thinks she looks stupid now but it's because it's swollen on the left side and she can't open her eye."

The dogs attacked Broagan as she played with her friends on a patio area outside her home. Witnesses said the dogs shook her like a rag doll.

Two passers-by heard Broagan screaming for help and kicked the dogs until they released her, before carrying her into the house.

Commenting on the attack, a Police Scotland spokesman said: "An eight-year-old girl has suffered serious facial injuries after being bitten by two dogs.

"The girl was taken to Yorkhill Sick Childrens Hospital where she is being treated for her injuries. The dogs have been seized. One man aged 34 and one woman aged 33 have been charged with offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Inquiries are continuing."

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