Woolwich mum: 'Find dog which attacked my 5-year-old daughter before it hurts another child'

News Shopper: Woolwich mum: 'Find dog which attacked my 5-year-old daughter before it hurts another child' Woolwich mum: 'Find dog which attacked my 5-year-old daughter before it hurts another child'

THE Woolwich mum of a five-year-old girl attacked by a vicious dog while its drunken owner did nothing is worried the animal could kill next time.

Emma Gibson's daughter Shonna was set upon by the dog on her way to Eglinton Primary School at 8.45am on December 3.

She and brother Jerome, 11, had been walked part of the way by their grandmother who returned home when they hit a steep stretch of pavement just one minute from Eglinton Primary School .

But, as they walked through an alleyway between Ritter Street with Whitworth Road, a Staffordshire bull terrier pounced on little Shonna - while its owner stood to one side, swearing and swigging a can of beer.

Ms Gibson, 36, said: "It pulled her to the ground and jumped on her.

"She tried pushing it away and it kept coming back at her.

"My son hit it and kicked it but it came back again and he kicked it again.

"There was a man with the dog who was intoxicated with drink. He was effing and blinding and just stood there with his can."

Eventually he pulled the dog away by the collar but then refused to move and let the children past.

They ended up running back to their gran's house and Shonna was later treated in hospital for a scratch below one eye and a bite wound to the chest.

Ms Gibson, a shop worker from Woolwich Common, said: "Obviously she's been left traumatised from it.

"Now if she even hears a dog bark she's a nervous wreck.

She said: "The man's behaviour was disgusting. If he's drunk like that and he knows his dog's vicious he should be walking it on a lead and he shouldn't be near a school.

"My main thing is finding this person and dog because my fear is it could happen to happen to another child. My daughter's lucky to be alive. Another child could get bitten and killed.

"They've got to find this man."

The dog owner is described as white, large build, in his mid-50s, with grey hair and a bald patch. He wore a black jacket and blue jeans.

His dog was  white and black staff with a collar and white belly.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or PC Cherrington-Cook on 020 8721 2629.

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