A "beautiful, bubbly" girl, five, has been left with horror injuries after being attacked by a dog outside a Teesside supermarket.
Farrah-Leigh Nichol was rushed to hospital following the incident on Saturday (August 12), which took place at around 5pm and was attended by police and ambulance crews.
The schoolgirl's facial wounds left her requiring skin graft operations on her left cheek with her mum and dad, Danielle Kemp and Alex Nichol, describing the family's ordeal as a "horrific nightmare".
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Kirsty Lavender, a family friend, is now fundraising to send Farrah-Leigh to Disney once she recovers.
She told The Mirror: "She’s beautiful, funny, bubbly, polite, just an all-round amazing child. We are all hoping this doesn’t take her personality and confidence away."
Lavender, 32, said they think the dog who attacked Farrah-Leigh was a pocket bully, a mix of a American pit bull terrier and American Staffordshire terrier.
Kirsty said little Farrah-Leigh asked her dad whether she could stroke the dog.
Alex said yes but insisted they ask the owner first.
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"After the attack her dad scooped her up and ran home… So her sister Alexie-Leigh did see Farrah-Leigh’s face, so I can’t imagine what she’s feeling. She’s with her nanna at the moment," Lavender continued.
After being taken to hospital Farrah-Leigh had one operation and is set to have another tomorrow morning (Tuesday, August 15).
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police has now confirmed the dog was seized.
Speaking following the incident they said: "The girl has suffered significant injuries to her face and is receiving treatment in hospital.
"The owner of the dog remained at the scene following the attack and co-operated with police. The dog has been seized."
A spokesperson for North East Ambulance Service in the aftermath of the attack: "We were called at 6.25pm yesterday (August 12) to reports of an incident involving a dog bite in the Norton area of Stockton.
"We dispatched a paramedic crew who treated one patient with facial injuries before transporting to hospital."
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