Mother ‘appalled’ dog owners failed to apologise to her 11-year-old daughter after attack

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 December 2017

Beccy King with her daughter Jess, aged 11, who was attacked by a dog.

Beccy King with her daughter Jess, aged 11, who was attacked by a dog.


The mother of an 11-year-old girl who required emergency care after being bitten by a dog has said she is ‘appalled’ the owners did not apologise.

The bite marks on Jess' leg.The bite marks on Jess' leg.

Jess King, aged 11, was walking home from netball training at Priory Community School, in Worle, when she was attacked by a small, brown dog.

The four women who were walking the dog then walked off without seeing if Jess was okay or to apologise for the dog.

Beccy King, Jess’ mother, said she was ‘in tears’ when she found out what had happened and then ‘furious’ when she learned how the owners had just walked off.

She added: “There was no apology or anything from any of the women, which shocked me even more.

“It makes you wonder if something like this has happened before for them to be so blasé about it.

“If it was a younger child or a baby, the damage could have been even worse.”

Jess was taken to Weston General Hospital’s A&E after the attack and had stitches due to the deep bite marks.

Mrs King said: “They did an X-ray just to make sure there was no internal damage and she had to go to the doctors regularly to have her bandages changed.”

The incident took place near the traffic lights on Walford Avenue on November 15 at 4.15pm and the police have now issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

A police spokesman said: “We are looking for witnesses after an 11-year-old girl was bitten by a dog while out in Weston.

“We would like to speak to anyone who might have seen the incident or has information.

“If you can help, call 101 and quote reference 5217262122.”

Mrs King told the Mercury her daughter has since been very ‘nervous’ around her dad’s dogs and when walking home from school.

She said: “Her father has three dogs and it has taken a while to understand they are not going to hurt her.

“She is also worried when walking home incase she runs into the four women again.

“She will text us when she is leaving school and call us on her walk home because she is so nervous.

“We hope by coming forward and talking about the attack, it will jog someone’s memory and stop something like this from happening again.”

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