Ollie Cummings will celebrate his 3rd birthday on November 23, with horrific facial injuries he suffered when a Bullmastiff at the home of his mother‚Äôs boyfriend ripped his face and head open after playing with him, the Daily Record reports.
Debs Martin, Ollie‚Äôs grandmother, said: ‚ÄúOllie was used to being around the dog. He has known it for six months and has been saying, ‚ÄėLove Ollie, love Ollie.'"
Doctors at Dundee‚Äôs Ninewells Hospital kept the baby under observation before beginning a two-hour plastic surgery operation yesterday.
Natasha Wilson, 25, Ollie‚Äôs mother, said she ‚Äúsnatched the baby away from dog,‚ÄĚ as paramedics were rushing to the house in Dundee after being called on November 15, according to the Daily Mail.
Doctors said there were teeth marks on his head and a large cut from his nose to near his eye. His nose is being rebuilt. The biggest worry is preventing infection. Ollie faces further surgery when he is aged around 10, doctors said.
The toddler was reportedly playing in the kitchen at the time of the tragic attack, when the dog turned and attacked him in the face. He may have been standing near the dog‚Äôs food, according to one report.
Ms Martin, 48, told reporters, ‚ÄúOllie had been playing with keys, walking from one door to another pretending to lock and unlock them.
‚ÄúIt all happened so fast. We‚Äôre not sure if Ollie may have dropped the keys next to the dog."
Ms Martin also told reporters that the dog has already been removed from the property. She said, ‚ÄúThe dog was taken straight to kennels by its owner, who is adamant it will be put down. He and Natasha are shocked and upset.‚ÄĚ
A police spokesman said they are unable to comment at this time.
DOG ATTACKS IN THE UK
Dog attacks in the UK are one of the most common causes of severe facial lacerations in children, the Daily Mail reports.
Each year, approximately 28,000 facial dog bites are reported in the UK, with over 19,000 requiring plastic surgery.
Dangerous Dog Laws were toughened up in Scotland earlier this year.
They give new powers to local councils and there has also been a tightening up on registration and licensing.
The Daily Record has been campaigning for compulsory microchipping on dangerous dogs.
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