A SEVEN-year-old girl was rushed to hospital after she was mauled by a dog.

Eyewitnesses say the youngster was playing near the sports centre in Plas Madoc when she was bitten by a dog causing injuries to her arm and leg.

The girl, who is believed to be from the Glaslyn area, has not been identified.
Paul Blackwell, county councillor for Plas Madoc, described the incident as a “nasty” attack.

He said: “In the heat at the moment it doesn’t take much for the animals to get agitated and that’s when they turn nasty.

“Owners should make sure their pets are kept on leads, especially during the summer holidays when there are more children around.

“Big, powerful dogs can be very docile, it’s all down to the ownership.

“My sympathies are with the family and I hope the little girl makes a speedy recovery.”

Cllr Ennys Hughes, of Cefn Community Council, said: “I understand the little girl’s in hospital and it’s such a shame.

“I don’t think she was badly hurt and it could have been a lot worse but she must have been so frightened and will have been very shaken up.”

And, according to Cllr Blackwell, the dog’s future now hangs in the balance.

He added: “I’m not sure what action is going to be taken but I know the police are dealing with the situation regarding the dog.”

A spokesman for Wales Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 6.57pm to an incident in Acrefair involving an alleged dog attack.

“A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance attended and a seven-year-old girl with arm and leg injuries was taken to the Maelor for further treatment.”

North Wales Police confirmed the girl had been bitten by a dog.

A spokesman said: “At 7.03pm on Sunday we received reports that a child had been bitten by a pitbull-type dog. Police are now looking into the matter.”