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Girl attacked by family Stafford


A seven-year-old girl sustained throat injuries after being attacked by her family's Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Chloe Ashman was playing in her garden at the family home in Folkestone, Kent on Monday, June 9th when the dog leaped on her and sank its teeth into her neck. The reason for the dog’s sudden attack has not yet been ascertained. However, it is believed that there had been some concerns expressed previously by Social Services as to the child’s safety.

Chloe's mother Stacey, 27, ran screaming into the garden, pulling at the dog before being attacked by the dog herself. The mother - who also has a two-year-old son Samuel - suffered injuries in the mauling and was rushed to hospital with her daughter, where Chloe was taken into intensive care.

Chloe was in a critical condition after being admitted but was reported to be in a stable condition earlier this week. Doctors have allegedly expressed concern that she may never be able to talk normally again because of the extensive damage to her larynx. The dog was later destroyed.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘Both mother and child remain in hospital where they are being treated for their injuries. The dog - a Staffordshire Bull Terrier - has been put down. No arrests were made.’

Kent Social Services are also investigating the incident. A spokesman said: ‘There has been previous contact between Social Services and the family and an investigation is underway.’
Denise Hughes, who rents the house to Stacey Ashman, said: ‘As per the terms of their tenancy agreement, they shouldn't have a dog at the property. Pets aren't allowed.’