A VICIOUS dog was destroyed after it bit two children and left them scarred.
A four-year-old girl was rushed to hospital with a ‘severe’ bite in Ellesmere Port cul-de-sac Marbury Gardens on Sunday, November 21.
Horrified friends and family rushed into the street screaming to raise the alarm at about 3pm before five police cars, a police van and an ambulance sped to the scene.
The little girl was rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital for treatment, with blood visible to onlookers in her hair.
It has emerged that the same Staffordshire bull terrier bit another girl the same age as recently as this summer. It left a scar above the girl’s lip but police say her mother – a relative of the owner – did not want the dog to be killed.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I presumed with the Dangerous Dogs Act they had to be put down.
“A police car came with its lights flashing. Within 15 minutes we had four police cars and an ambulance, then another police car and the riot van.
“The daughter came running out saying ‘he’s done it again, he’s bit her’.
“There was a man carrying a little girl with blood on her hair.
“One of the neighbours went to the police and said ‘you should be aware this dog has bitten before’ and the police officer said ‘yes we are aware of it’.”
The reader was called by police to be told the dog had now been put down after she phoned the council to complain that nothing had been done after the first incident.
She added: “I can’t believe the dog wasn’t put down the first time. I am disgusted in our police. I’m more angry at the police because they’ve let us down.
“We felt guilty because we hadn’t made sure something was done the first time but the police are there to protect us.”
Sarah Morley, spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service, confirmed it had attended the house just before 3pm and automatically alerted police that the injuries were caused by a dog.
She added: “The four-year-old girl had a severe bite.
“She was fully alert. She was bleeding and was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.”
Cheshire police spokeswoman Shelley Williams said: “The first time that the dog bit a child, the parents of the injured child said they didn’t want anything to happen to the dog.
“The police offered advice on restraining the dog and an entry was placed on the dog bite register.
“After it happened on a second occasion, on the advice of police and the mutual agreement of the owner, the dog has been destroyed.”