When the "Nanny" Dog Attacks
UK - In yet another horrific attack by a Staffordshire bull terrier, little Chloe Ashman suffered massive injury after the dog leapt on her and sank his teeth into her neck. In 1991, the UK banned American pit bull terriers, but did not ban the class of dogs that comprise pit bulls which includes: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and bull terrier.
As a direct result, the UK continues to suffer egregious attacks by these breeds on human beings and animals.
The incident happened in Folkestone, Kent as Chole played in her family's garden. A neighbor said: "Chloe was in a really bad way. There was blood everywhere. The dog had shaken her like a rag doll. We heard that she has had her voicebox seriously damaged and might not talk again. It's an absolute tragedy. But if it wasn't for her mum, she'd be dead now."
The attack comes after a Cambridge newspaper reported that aggressive dogs are behind the rising number of vicious attacks. In the past two years, dog attacks in Cambridge increased 80%. The alarming rise in dog attacks is being felt on a national level in the UK too. In 2007, there were 3,800 dog bite patients in the UK -- up 40% from four years ago.
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