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Teenage girl savaged by Bull Mastiff in Hastings park
A Bull Mastiff savaged a teenage girl as she walked through a park.
The 15-year-old was rushed to hospital for treatment following the attack in Alexandra Park, Hastings, yesterday at 12.30pm.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the dog’s owner fled the scene.
The teenager was walking her German Shepherd with a couple of friends in the park just after midday.
They stopped by the play park to let a man with a Bull Mastiff walk past them.
But as he approached, both dogs began barking and fighting.
The girl stepped in to separate the two at which point the Mastiff sunk its teeth into her calf.
It dragged her down to the ground only releasing when the owner pulled his dog away.
The man then quickly left the park by a gateway which leads out onto Bethune Way.
The girl was rushed to hospital and needed stitches to her calf.
Mick Gregory from Hastings response investigation team, said: "The bite happened as a result of the girl trying to protect her own dog from being injured when they began fighting.
“Fortunately, though she is understandably shaken by her ordeal she is making a good recovery.
“I appeal to the moral conscience of the man with the Mastiff to come to Hastings Police Station and talk to us. It maybe he doesn't realise the level of injury the dog caused to the girl."
The dog is described as being tan in colour with a thick leather collar.
The man is described as having a slightly tanned complexion, aged about 40, tall and slim, with a black stubbly beard.
He was wearing a black hooded top, grey jeans or jogging trousers and boots.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting serial 907 of 12/03 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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