UNITED KINGDOM -- An eight-year-old girl was left 'covered in blood' after she was mauled by a 'wolf-like' dog while playing near her home.
Little Roksana Lawecki suffered serious head and leg injuries after being attacked by the animal in Homethorpe, Hull, on Monday.
Her dad, Pawel, has described how he feared the worst after sprinting to the scene on Orchard Park to find "a lot of blood".
The youngster was playing not far from her house when the dog allegedly escaped from a nearby garden and attacked her, the Hull Daily Mail reports.
She had to undergo a three-hour operation at Hull Royal Infirmary to treat the serious injuries to the back of her head and her right leg. She also had superficial wounds to her arms.
Police are investigating and are trying to establish exactly what breed of dog the animal was. Indications suggest it was possibly a Japanese Akita.
The one-year-old canine has since been put down.
Roksana’s dad spoke of the family’s shock following the attack.
He said: “I wasn’t there when it happened but a woman told me the dog escaped through the gate of a garden and the dog just ran up and attacked Roksana.
“I ran to the scene and it was horrible to see. I was scared as there was a lot of blood and I feared the worst. Roksana was crying. There were a lot of people around trying to help.”
Mr Lawecki believes it was a large dog that attacked his daughter.
He said: “We are not sure what type of dog it was but it was big and wolf-like.
“Roksana had to have an operation on her leg and her head which took nearly three hours. She will need to go back next week to have the stitches removed.
“She cannot walk at the moment and is very sore.
"She is on medication. We don’t know if she will be scarred for life at this stage as it is too early to say but they are bad injuries.
“She liked dogs before, but we have been told she will probably remain scared of them forever. She is very upset by what has happened but thankfully she is okay.”
Humberside Police are investigating the dog attack and have confirmed the animal has been put down. No arrests have been made.
A spokeswoman said: “We were called to the report of a dog attack on an eight-year-old girl at 7.45pm on Monday at Homethorpe in Hull.
“The dog is reported to have got out of its garden and attacked the girl as she ran away. She sustained serious puncture wounds to her legs, back and head in the attack.
“The one-year old dog was surrendered by the owner who has given permission for the dog to be destroyed.
“We are fully investigating the attack under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 that the dog was dangerously out of control.”
Anyone with information about the dog attack should call Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 540 07/08/2017.
(Mirror UK - August 10, 2017)