Brave Tamia desperately screamed for help as the dog, named AV after Aston Villa, tried to savage her as she left for school in Birmingham.
Reliving the traumatic attack, the 11-year-old said she had just closed the front door on the way to Four Dwellings school when she saw the dog – described by its owners as a “real softie”.
She said: “He was running around loose on the landing and what happened next is just a blur. I remember him grabbing hold of my leg with its mouth with so much force it wouldn’t let go.
“I started screaming and tried to get back into my flat, but couldn’t because it wouldn’t let go of my leg.”
She added: “I started screaming and tried to get back into my flat, but couldn’t because it wouldn’t let go of my leg.
“I was screaming my head off and that’s when both the owners came out of the door.”
Managing to stave off the attack for several minutes by herself, she was eventually helped by the dog’s owners, who ran out to pull the dog off of her.
Tamia’s mum and dad – Thamar White and Arnolda Farrell – praised their little girl, saying she had desperately tried to jump up and down to stop the dog’s ferocious teeth from attacking her face in last Thursday’s attack in the communal lobby of Dunedin House in Quinton.
Miss Farrell said: “It was going to savage her to death if the owners had not run out when they did. The doctors said if it had been minutes later, she would have died.”
The 11-year-old girl was rushed to hospital where she underwent surgery for three hours, having suffering major bites to her left arm and both legs.
She also suffered muscle and nerve damage, leaving her on crutches for three weeks.
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(The Sun UK - Jan 23, 2017)