Tuesday, July 18, 2017

United Kingdom: Two-year-old girl is scarred for life after being savaged by Andrew McGowan's American Bully dogs (aka Pit Bulls)

UNITED KINGDOM -- A little girl who is covered in scars after a horrific dog attack is still hurt and confused by what the "naughty doggies" did to her.

The two-year-old was savaged by an 'American Bully' dog (basically this is a hybrid dog, similar to a Yorkiepoo or a Labradoodle, where they've taken an American Bulldog and a Pit Bull and continually bred them to get a desired look -- they're modified Pit Bulls) which escaped through a chicken wire fence.

The youngster, who can't be named for legal reasons, was in such a bad way after the shocking attack paramedics didn't think she was going to make it.

Her whole body is now covered in scars and she still has no feeling in her lower lip.

Now, three months after the Liverpool attack, her mum has given permission for shocking photos of her injuries to be published.


The girl, who is now three, was previously bubbly and outgoing but her mum told a court she had been left “hurt and confused” by what the “naughty doggies” did to her, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The paramedic who was first at the scene to help the injured girl is now raising money to help her after discovering she was not eligible for compensation.

The man, who asked only to be identified by his first name, Steve, was given permission by his bosses to visit the girl and her family after she left hospital.

He said: “It was one of the worst things I’ve come across. I’ve been to dog bites before but this poor girl was absolutely shredded by those dogs.

“It wasn’t just her head and neck – it was her whole body. She was in such a bad way and if I’m honest, I wasn’t convinced she was going to make it at first.”

Steve is dad to two daughters, aged one and four, and said he had struggled to put the incident out of his mind.


He said: “I was really concerned and wanted to make sure she was okay. I was given permission to visit her and her family at their home. It was amazing and emotional to see her.

“She has life changing injuries to her head and face. She’s lost the sensory function of her bottom lip so she can no longer feel it, and that will be with her for the rest of her life. She is also severely traumatised.

“But despite all that, she’s not eligible for compensation. It was a criminal offence but it was still classed as an accident.”


Dog breeder Andrew McGowan was jailed for 18 months in June after Liverpool Crown Court heard four of his American Bully dogs burst through a fence he “patched-up with chicken wire” and savaged the girl.

She was left with deep cuts to her cheek and punctures wounds to the bone, and had seven hours of surgery after being airlifted to hospital.

McGowan, 35, of Cockburn Street, was also disqualified from keeping dogs for 12 years after pleading guilty to being in charge of four dogs which were dangerously out of control

Steve said he asked the girl’s family if he could raise money to support her or allow them to take her on holiday.

Donations have now reached £1,500 – with a target of £3,000.


He said: “It’s not a lot by any means. You can’t put a price on what’s happened to her.

“It gives me peace of mind to know that I at least did something to help.”

(Mirror UK - July 18, 2017)