A DOZEN children have been attacked by dogs in Wrexham over the last three years.
The figure, revealed in data released by North Wales Police, shows children aged 15 and under made up a third of all dog attack victims recorded in the area since February 2011.
Four children aged five and under and five children between six and 10 were targeted.
A further three children between 11 and 15 suffered attacks.
The oldest victim was aged between 76 and 80.
There were 36 recorded attacks on people by dogs from February 2011 until October last year.
And of those, 29 took place in public places, with the remaining seven occurring in dwellings.
Dogs involved included alsatians and Staffordshire bull terriers, both having been involved in five attacks.
And of the 15 dogs seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act during that time, nine have been destroyed, while two were returned to their owners.
The outcome of four dogs seized under the act was not known.
The statistics, obtained through a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Leader, show 20 attacks resulted in slight injuries to the victim, with a further 12 being uninjured.
The other four victims’ conditions as a result of the attacks were unrecorded.
A North Wales Police spokesman said: “North Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard is the national policing lead for dangerous dogs.
“He has met the department for environment, food and rural affairs minister and members of parliament regarding improving legislation and police powers to ensure the public are better protected.
“If a dog comes to our attention as a result of its aggressive behaviour or was dangerously out of control then offences under section three of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 or 1871 Dogs Act will be considered.
“Should the dog in question be suspected of being a pit bull terrier-type then the dog will be seized pending an examination by the dog legislation officer.”
An RSPCA spokesman said: “Often people only consider aggressive behaviour in a dog to be a problem when it reaches the extremes of biting, but it can include lesser degrees, such as grumbling, growling, snarling, teeth baring and snapping at the air without making contact.
“Bites too can vary from light touches with the teeth right through to inflicting serious injury.
“Rather than being something that switches on and off suddenly, aggression is part of a range of behaviours that dogs have available to them to deal with life’s everyday challenges.
“Many of these behaviours are passive and it is only when the dog changes from trying to avoid a situation, through things like moving away or showing that they are not happy, to actively trying to manage the situation, that we term it ‘aggression’.
“Anyone with concerns about the behaviour of their dog should seek professional help immediately.”
For more information, visit www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/dogs/behaviour/