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Mum’s warning after dog attack in park

Lisa Sykes with her children Hebe and Sid, aged five and four, who were attacked by a dog in Wellholme Park, Brighouse.

Lisa Sykes with her children Hebe and Sid, aged five and four, who were attacked by a dog in Wellholme Park, Brighouse.

An angry mum is warning families to be on their guard, after her five year old daughter was attacked by a dog in a Brighouse park.

Lisa Sykes, 39, of Brighouse, was with her two children Hebe, five, and Sidney, four, at Wellholme Park on July 24 when a dog broke its collar and bit Hebe on her hand.

“The dog had originally gone for Sid because he had a stick in his hand but when I moved him away the dog saw Hebe running away and ran after her. It jumped and nipped her hand and broke the skin. At the time, it felt like it was going to savage her.

“I’m not trying to exagerate the bite because it was a small nip but it frightened us.”

Lisa is now focused on trying to make families aware of dogs in the park.

“I am a dog owner and a dog lover but I think parents should be more vigilant.”

Police attended the incident and are investigating.

PC Shawn Hartley, of Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We were called to Wellholme Park, Brighouse, at 4.40pm on Thursday, 24 July, to a report that a five-year-old child had been attacked by a dog. The child had suffered a small scratch to the hand. From our enquiries, it is understood that the dog had been on a lead but its collar has broken.

“Nonetheless we understand that this has caused some concern to the child’s family and have given the dog owner advice about fitting the dog with a strong collar and being mindful of other park users. We are also working with the Council dog warden who has also been made aware of the incident to bear in mind when patrolling the area.”

Calderdale Council’s Director of Economy and Environment, Ian Gray, said: “We will be carrying out extra patrols in Wellholme Park, and speaking to visitors about our Dog Control Orders. We will also be putting up some temporary signs around the play area to raise awareness of this issue.”

 

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