York & North Yorkshire

Four-year-old girl attacked by dog in York city centre

A four-year-old girl has been bitten on the face by a dog similar to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in York.

The girl was bitten as she walked hand-in-hand with her parents along Stonegate towards Blake Street in the city centre at 1345 BST on Sunday.

Police said they passed a man walking a Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog, which jumped up and bit her.

The attack left her with a one-and-a-half inch scratch to her left cheek and a puncture wound to her mouth.

The girl was taken to York District Hospital by ambulance and she was later discharged after receiving treatment.

Police are trying to trace the owner of the dog who walked away following the incident, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

He is described as white, aged in his early 30s, about 5ft 10in tall, slim build with a pale and thin face. He was wearing a white fleece jacket and blue jeans. He was also pushing a bicycle.

The dog, which was on a lead at the time of the incident, was described as looking like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier with a brown body and white head.

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