A mother has called on dog owners to be more careful after her daughter was knocked off her bike by a Staffordshire bull terrier in Wyndham Park, Grantham.
Emma Cooper says her 13-year-old daughter Jade fell flat on her face when the dog jumped up at her as she was riding along the river near the White Bridge. Jade broke a front tooth and cracked a couple of ribs when she fell off the bike.
Emma, of Redcross Street, called the police to report the incident. She says her daughter who was riding on her own through the park did not see anybody with the dog, which was not on a lead.
Jade has only just gone back to school two weeks after the incident on June 1.
Emma said: “The dog came out of nowhere. It went for her face when she was on the floor, but she stood up and got back on her bike and came home.
“She was distraught and there was blood gushing out of her mouth. She is going to need a lot of dental work. She broke half of her front tooth.”
Emma says Jade would ride through the park every day, but says she has no desire to get back on her bike now.
She added: “It’s not the dog’s fault. It’s the owner’s. Jade is very wary of dogs now.”
Jade attends Priory Ruskin Academy which Emma says has been very supportive.
Emma says she was aware of a similar incident involving a child and a Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog in the park a few weeks before the attack on Jade.
Police are appealing for information and witnesses to the incident. A spokesman said: “At just after 9.40pm on Monday June 1 police received a report from the parents of a 13-year-old girl who said their daughter was riding her bike over the bridge into Wyndham Park in Grantham when the dog, which was not on a lead, ran in front of her and snarled, causing her to fall off. The young girl fell off her bike and chipped her front teeth, causing injuries to her mouth and the need for some dental work. The young girl was also left shaken. It is not believed the dog bit her.”
Police are making enquiries to try and identify the owner of the dog. If you are the owner, or know who the dog belongs to, call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 422 of June 1.
A spokesman for South Kesteven District Council said: “Dog control orders are in place and apply to all land within the administrative area of South Kesteven District Council to which the public has access.
“It is the responsibility of all owners to keep their dog/s under control at all times. If an issue arises an officer can request an individual in charge of a dog to put (and keep) the animal on a lead. If they refuse the penalty for committing an offence contained in a Dog Control Order is a maximum fine of £1,000. Alternatively, the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty of £75 may be offered in place of prosecution.
“Dogs are also excluded from enclosed children’s play areas.”