BREAKING NEWS: Dog attacks three-year-old in Fishbourne

A three-year-old girl and her mother are being treated in hospital after they were bitten by a dog in Fishbourne.

At around 3pm yesterday (June 17), the victims, who are from Chichester, were in an underpass under Fishbourne Road West when the child, who was on a scooter, was attacked by an American Bulldog.

A Chichester Police spokeswoman said: “She suffered bites and cuts to the right side of her face before her mother could lift her into the air out of the reach of the dog.

“The animal then bit the mother repeatedly on the right arm and dragged her to the ground.

“At that stage a passer-by picked up the child and lifted her out of the reach of the dog. The dog was distracted by schoolchildren who shouted until a woman took it away.”

PC Carrie Jasper, said: “If it wasn’t for the passer-by this could have been a lot worse. He really saved the day.”

Both the child and her mother, who is in her 30s, were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The dog was later handed to a Chichester District Council after its owner agreed for it to be destroyed. It is expected to be put down today (June 18).