S Yorks dog attack girl on the mend

The area of grass where a two-year-old girl was attacked in Rawmarsh, Rotherham.

The area of grass where a two-year-old girl was attacked in Rawmarsh, Rotherham.

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The father of a toddler mauled by a Rottweiler said he hopes his daughter will soon be back to her ‘bouncing self’.

Richard Clarke told The Star his two-year-old daughter was discharged from hospital at 1pm yesterday.

She underwent four hours of surgery to her right leg, and needed 20 to 30 stitches to her face and ear.

“She is making an amazing recovery,” he said. “Her face was our biggest fear and it could have been so much worse. She is already talking, and she’s walked for the first time. She’s getting better.”

Richard, from Wombwell, also wrote on The Star’s website: “My daughter is coming round, obviously bruised and sore, but she’ll be her bouncing self again with hopefully no lasting effects.”

The girl - whose name her parents do not want to reveal - was helping her aunt walk her dog on Thorogate, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, on Tuesday.

“The dog pulled and the auntie pulled him back, and the dog turned nasty,” Richard said, adding: “Please think before you judge – anyone who knows us knows my kids and family are my life and they’re very well looked after.

“Our little girl was at her auntie’s from her mum’s side. If I’d known the dog was there she wouldn’t have gone.”

The Rottweiler has been destroyed.

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