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Family seek £20k compensation after dog attack on child

THE FAMILY of a four-year-old girl from Carmarthenshire who was nearly mauled to death by her neighbour's dog are to claim up to £20,000 from the owner.

The Akita that carried out the attack still lives next door to Anna Knuckles near Llansteffan, two years on. Anna, who at the time of the attack was two, needed extensive surgery including 100 stitches in her head and face. The dog's owner, Stephen O'Connor, has refused to comment on the claim for compensation.

Anna was mauled in January 2005 when, accompanied by her father Ken, she went round to her neighbour's home to return a video and the animal pounced on her.

Mr Knuckles described the attack as a ‘horrifying experience’.