Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Girl, 6, Is Savaged by Bulldogs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Girl, 6, Is Savaged by Bulldogs

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SIX?YEAR?OLD girl suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by two bulldogs as she played with a friend.

Ellie Hall, from Ashington, Northumberland, had part of her ear ripped off and lost a chunk of her arm after being set upon by two American bulldogs as she and her friend rode their scooters in a back lane behind her home.

Ellie was also left with bite marks on her head and body in the attack which was only stopped when neighbours carrying a crow bar and sticks intervened - having to chase the dogs away three times.

The animals have since been destroyed.

Ellie's parents last night spoke of their gratitude to their neighbours for saving their daughter's life and of their outrage that the dogs had been seemingly running free where children play.

The Central Primary School pupil was playing with pal Kaitlyn Groves, six, in the lane behind their Portia Street homes at around 3pm on Sunday when she was set upon by the dogs, whose owner is said to live on the same road.

Kaitlyn ran home to her parents, telling dad David, 30, who is his wife's carer, how Ellie had put her arm out to one of the dogs to push it away only for it to "latch on to her elbow and pin her down."

Jason Charlton, whose Katherine Street home is on the opposite side of the lane to the Hall family's home, was in his back yard and had gone to his shed for a crow bar to change a tyre on his motorbike.

The 44-year-old production supervisor at a cake decoration company heard what he thought was dogs fighting and then "horrific screams," and rushed out into the lane.

There he saw Ellie crouched down, up against the back gate of her home with one dog attacking her on either side.

Mr Charlton believes Ellie would have died had the attack gone on another thirty seconds.

He said: "It was horrific. I seen a documentary about pit bull fighting and it looked like two dogs in a pit with a bairn in the middle."

Mr Charlton, and two men armed with sticks - Josh Cardno and Clint Baird, chased the dogs down the lane - only for them to try and return on two occasions - allowing Ellie to get away. …

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