A YOUNG girl was bitten on the buttock by a dog while she was playing football and police are now appealing for witnesses.
At around midday on Friday, April 7, the 10-year-old girl, accompanied by her aunt, was playing football with her cousins in the playing field at South Terrace, Littlehampton, when the football rolled near to a bench where there were three dogs with two men and a woman.
The dogs were not on leads and as she went to retrieve the ball, one of the dogs, described as a slightly fluffy greyhound type, possibly a cross-breed, ran at her and chased her as she tried to run back to her relatives.
The dog then bit her on her left buttock causing puncture wounds.
The owner of the dog, described as being in his mid-50s, with dark hair and an American accent, did nothing to help and the trio are said to have laughed, making no attempt to speak or apologise to the girl or her relatives.
PC Darren Porter said: “The girl, whose wounds fortunately did not require stitches, was very upset.
“She is now scared to go to any park for fear of seeing a dog and is even frightened by her own family's dog, which may now have to be re-homed.
“We are investigating this as an offence of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place."
If you know who the owner is or if you saw what happened, you can email email@example.com or call 101 quoting serial 605 of 07/04.