The images included in this story are disturbing. A very young child had a horrible experience with her family pet recently and may need future reconstructive surgery.
A toddler needed 50 stitches to her face after a family pet turned on her in a horrific attack.
Lilly Llewellyn, 16 months, was savaged by Cairn terrier Smokey, described by breeders as ‘the best little pal in the world’, after she accidentally stepped on his tail.
The eight-year-old pet sank its teeth into Lilly’s face and tossed her around in the attack which nearly cost her an eye.
The terrier has been put down and yesterday the toddler from Beddau, South Wales, was recovering after a another painful operation to repair her scarred face.
Her father Lyn Llewellyn, 40, said: ‘The attack came from nowhere. We would never have expected it from Smokey.
‘We don’t know if the dog had a bad day or was unwell. It is very traumatic.
‘But once an animal has done that, you can’t take the chance again. It’s been awful.’
The dog sank its teeth into her face, missing Lilly’s eye by a quarter of an inch.
Lyn, a panel beater, added: ‘We didn’t know at the time if she had lost her eye. Obviously her face was swollen and one eye was closed.’
‘The doctors hope the scarring will fade because she is so young.’
‘But she will have to go to hospital for regular checks with the possibility of reconstructive surgery or laser treatment on her cheeks.’
Leanne Austin, 37, said her daughter is recovering well. ‘We hope the scars will fade,’ she added.
Smokey was owned by Lilly’s grandparents who were described as ‘distraught’ at the youngster’s injuries.
The parents praised paramedics for treating Lilly before she underwent her first bout of facial surgery.
Paramedic Steven Roberts, 50, said: ‘I could see the absolute terror in the dad’s eyes.Her face was very swollen, but she was very, very lucky.’
‘The fang had gone in just above the eye and the lower mark was into the cheek.
‘Another quarter of an inch and she could have lost her eye.’
The Cairn Terrier Club dubs the breed ‘the best little pal in the world’.
Sybil Berrecloth, a committee member of the club, admitted they were prone to snapping – and should not be left alone with a young child.
She said: ‘They are adorable little pets and I’ve had them all my life.
‘But one has to remember they are terriers and all terriers can be rather sharp. They can snap very quickly.
‘They aren’t the most patient of breeds. Usually they are wonderful with children, provided the child isn’t allowed to tease them.
‘The lesson is that you should never leave any young child alone with a dog.’
We never would have expected those kind of injuries from that kind of dog but it is definitely a cautionary tale for all parents who have pets in their households and neighborhoods. Hopefully
Lilly will continue to heal completely and not require further surgery. It could have been so much worse!