A VICIOUS dog attack has left a two-year-old girl nearly blinded for life after a Japanese Akito savaged her face when she tried to stroke it.
Onlookers shouted in horror as blood streamed from deep wounds on little Isla Williams’ cheek and nose.
The toddler almost lost the sight in her right eye – the dog’s savage attack left a bite mark millimetres away.
She was rushed to hospital and had to undergo five hours of emergency treatment and bandaging.
The little girl was standing near the dog as she and her family prepared to leave Winterton Show, where they had spent several hours last Saturday.
She bent forward to stroke the dog but it lunged at her and bit her face, giving her horrified mum Megan Lester no time to intervene.
It was obviously extremely terrifying. The dog bit Isla and she was instantly bleeding
Megan said at their home in Powells Crescent, Scunthorpe “I figured the dog would be friendly with it being at a show full of kids and surrounded by a lot of people, so I said Isla could stroke it.
“She was only a few yards away from me.
“Isla is very good with dogs – we have a large Labrador, so she knows what to do and what not do.”
When the toddler stroked the dog on the side of its head but it opened its jaws and bit her.
Megan said “It was obviously extremely terrifying. The dog bit Isla and she was instantly bleeding.
“I panicked and tried to get her medical attention as soon as possible.”
The family took badly-traumatised Isla to the emergency tent at the show before heading to Scunthorpe General Hospital.
She was immediately referred to a doctor and after assessing the wounds, they decided against stitches as they did not want them to become infected.
‘SHE WAS LUCKY’
After five hours, Isla was allowed to leave the hospital and her mum said she was lucky her injuries had not been worse.
“I can’t believe how lucky she was to get off with just bandaging on her head.
“She is a tough cookie and already thinks it’s better. She’s amazing, she just takes it on the chin and carries on, but I was mortified.
“When the Akita opened its mouth, it was as big as Isla’s head.
“If it properly latched on to her, I don’t even want to think about what could have happened.”
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She’s [Isla] amazing, she just takes it on the chin and carries on, but I was mortified
“At first, they gave no apology to us. They looked over and then just looked away and carried on doing their thing.
“Eventually a woman came over and asked if she was all right, then someone who was with them said to my s,上海品茶会所Larson,ister that Isla just appeared out of nowhere.
“When I was in the first aid tent, I remember I saw them walking around still, but I was panicking and was concentrating on Isla.
“Their apology just said ‘due to an unfortunate event I’m sorry your child got hurt’.”
‘LACK OF EMPATHY’
Megan, and Isla’s dad Danny Williams said they were furious with the lack of empathy shown to the little girl by the dog’s owners.
However, Danny said “Isla is doing good, she’s handled it really well.
“She is definitely lucky to only get away with minor injuries and I think it would be good to use this to raise awareness on how dangerous some dogs can be, especially to children.
“If you have aggressive dogs, it might not be the best idea to take them to a place where hundreds of children will be.”
Nigel Ogg, chairman of show organisers the Winterton Agricultural Society, said “The whole of the show committee were deeply saddened to hear about the incident on Saturday involving Isla.
“We have never had any problems in the past with any dogs at our shows.”
He added: “We always have paramedics on the showground, and in fact were only metres away from the incident and we treated Isla immediately.
“A full investigation into this will be looked into by ourselves so that nothing like this ever happens again.
“We wish Isla a speedy recovery.”
The Akita is designated as a national treasure in Japan, and have been around for thousands of years.
In Japan, the Akita symbolises good health, happiness, and longevity.
This breed’s life expectancy ranges from 10 to 15 years.
Akita dog is very loyal, courageous and affectionate.
However, this breed is not considered to be a good choice for families with very young children.
This breed is built for the snow and cold weather conditions.
They are considered to be excellent guard dogs that are naturally very suspicious toward strangers.
Akitas have webbed toes to help walk on snow by distributing their weight more effectively.
Akita dog can reach 24 to 28 inches in height and 70 to 130 pounds of weight.
This breed does not have a high maintenance coat and does not shed a lot of fur.
Last month, a little girl was left needing 1,000 stitches to rebuild her face after she was savagely bitten by a Japanese Akita at an adoption shelter.
The unnamed seven-year-old was attacked at the private A Passion for Paws Rescue kennel in Romoland, southern California.
She was bitten by a two-year-old male Akita on the right side of her face after she moved close to the beast’s head, it has been claimed.
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In April, a toddler was mauled by an Akita dog but miraculously survived the attack.
Lyndsey Dougan, 23, was left mortified after the attack by the family pet Lexi on her two-year-old daughter.
The tot was airlifted to hospital in Glasgow from her home in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, suffering from severe facial wounds.
Autistic girl Kiera Young, 7, has face ripped open by Akita dog after she bent down to stroke it outside a pub
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