A SIX-year-old girl had part of her nose bitten off by her neighbour's dog in a horrific incident last week.
Piper Delaney, from Salford, was feeding an ice cream to the dog, a Border Collie named Benji when it allegedly attacked her. One of the neighbour's children found the piece of nose on the floor.
Piper was taken to Hope Hospital then transferred to Booth Hall hospital, Blackley, where she is expected to have plastic surgery today. Her mother was by her bedside. The dog, which Piper had grown up with, was seized by police.
Piper's father James told how he returned home from a bike ride with his 10-year-old son Tom to see his daughter covered in blood.
He said: ‘As I came into the road one of the neighbours told me what had happened and I turned the corner and I could see everyone in my front yard, my partner was holding Piper and there was blood all over her face.
‘She was holding a towel to her nose, it was awful, everyone was distraught. We are still all in shock.
‘They took her to Hope but transferred her to Booth Hall, I'm glad because they've got specialists there, she'll get the best care. They're waiting to take her into surgery now.
‘She's such a beautiful girl but they've said they should be able to sew her nose back together and that as she gets old the scar will fade.’
Sharon Bowden, who owns the dog with her 16-year-old son Stephen, asked that it be given to a new owner without children. She said: ‘Benji was a good dog, there were never any signs this would happen and the dog handler said he wasn't fierce or showing any signs of danger but we can't take that risk, I've got four children of my own to think of too.
‘We're all thinking about Piper, she's a lovely little girl and she and her brother and sister are always here playing with my children.’
Mr Delaney, of Calton Avenue, Lower Kersal, said the dog had always been very friendly and that he had never had any worries about letting his children play with him. But last night he advised parents to keep a closer eye on their pets during the heat.
‘I can't believe Benji went for her, she's grown up with him and she loved him,’ he said.
He added: ‘I don't want people to start panicking now about Border Collies, they're good dogs, family dogs, I think he just got overheated.’
Last night Piper's mum Adele Murphy and her mother were at Piper's bedside in Booth Hall. Mr Delaney was looking after the couple's other daughter Lauren, 13, and son Tom.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they had been called to a house in Calton Avenue at 4.40pm on the day in question, after reports that a child had serious face injuries after being bitten by a dog. They confirmed they had seized the dog.