Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Savaged by Bull Mastiff

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Savaged by Bull Mastiff

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Byline: By Simon Armstrong

A teenage model's career is in ruins after she was mauled by a powerful bull mastiff.

Kayleigh Cockburn is scarred for life after the vicious attack which left her needing 50 stitches.

The dog tore into her face, missing her eyeball by a fraction and leaving a gaping wound next to her mouth.

However, because the attack took place on private property, police are unable to prosecute and no order can be made for the dog to be destroyed.

The 17-year-old, of Stakeford, Northumberland was visiting Angela Gobin, 31, and Joanne Gair at their home in Melrose Avenue, Bedlington, when she was bitten.

Former army officer cadet Miss Gobin was banned earlier this year from keeping horses for five years after a court heard how an elderly stallion died after being starved in a field.

Today, Kayleigh, spoke of her terror as she relived the ordeal: "I was in the kitchen and saw the dog when he jumped at me.

"I managed to break free as I fell backwards but there was blood everywhere. It was all over my face, hands and clothes. I looked in the mirror and I was horrified because it was such a mess. I was in total shock so I didn't really feel any pain.

"I'm lucky to still have my eye because its teeth missed by less than an inch.

"I haven't got the confidence to face my friends and I feel embarrassed when I walk down the street. I've been hiding my face."

Kayleigh was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital after boyfriend Andrew Beck called 999. The wound was dressed there before she was then transferred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and given the stitches.

The catalogue model, a former Bedlingtonshire Community High School pupil, is currently studying a beauty therapy course at Northumberland College in Ashington but says she is too devastated to return. …

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