A VICIOUS dog attacked a schoolgirl before turning on her mum who was trying to protect her from harm.
Evelyn Clement’s maternal instinct kicked in when she stepped in front of the deranged dog to prevent serious harm to daughter, Katie.
Evelyn and nine-year-old Katie were walking home from the after-school club at Stile Common Infant and Nursery School just after 6pm when the attack took place.
The mum and daughter were chatting together as they cut down a path leading from the school at Plane Street to Newsome Road on the way back to their house at Hall Cross Road, Lowerhouses.
Evelyn, 46, said: “We saw a man chatting on his mobile phone at the other side of the fence but we thought nothing of it.
“But the next thing we knew, this dog came out of nowhere and went for my daughter’s leg – we had no idea where it had come from.
“It launched at her and bit into her leg and was tugging at her – thankfully it didn’t knock her over because I’m sure it would have gone for her head or her face.
“I didn’t think, I just took hold of Katie’s hand and pulled her behind me and that was when it bit into my right leg.”
Evelyn began bleeding as the brown dog’s teeth tore through her trousers at her skin. But thankfully the owner called it back over to him before things worsened.
Katie believes her mum saved her life that day.
Evelyn, a care assistant, said: “It’s what a mother does for her child without even a thought.
“It’s what I would do for any child that was in my care.
“Thankfully Katie is a tough kind of girl and she’ll get over it.
“I feel ashamed that I’m 46-years-old and now I’m scared of dogs I see on the street after what happened.
“I would hate anything like this to happen to any other innocent child.”
Mum-of-two Evelyn said: “He just shouted it back, he didn’t even attempt to come over and help us, and didn’t once ask if we were okay.
“I mean, I don’t care so much about me, but his dog had just attacked my nine-year-old daughter, it should have been on a muzzle or a lead at least.”
Katie’s dad, Shaun, came in his truck to pick up the shocked mum and daughter and take them to hospital where they were given antibiotics and their wounds were treated.
Thankfully Katie’s skin wasn’t punctured by the bite, but Evelyn is still finding her wounds painful and finds it hard to drive and sleep some nights.
Police are seeking the owner of the dog which attackedon February 17.
Evelyn believed the dog was a brown Pitbull Staffordshire but couldn’t be completely sure.
Witnesses are urged to call Det Con Russ Conlon with any information on 0845 6060606.
Now police say that if anyone knows the owner they should come forward now.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.