The police have appealed for witnesses after a little girl suffered serious arm injuries when a dog attacked her in Bedfordshire on Sunday.
The 10-year-old was walking with her sister and a friend when they passed the dog - thought to be a Rottweiler - and his owner on the street.
The animal began barking at the trio, and then launched at the girl, biting her arm and pulling her to the floor. The owner eventually dragged the beast off the child, and fled the scene.
The injured girl was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital where she was treated for three serious puncture wounds in her upper arm and severe grazing to her legs where the dog had dragged her to the floor.
PC Matt Garfitt who is investigating the incident said he was keen to locate the owner of the dog or hear from anybody who may have witnessed the attack or seen the owner leaving the area afterward.
The man is described as a white, in his mid 20s, skinny, and wearing a white tracksuit and white cap.
PC Garfitt said the attack was 'terrifying' for the girl.
"This was a terrifying attack on a young girl who was looking forward to enjoying the summer holidays with her siblings and friends. Instead, she has ended up with some really nasty injuries and has been left distraught by the whole incident.
"It is extremely important that we locate the owner of this dog and stop him from allowing
the animal to cause further harm to anyone.
"I'd like to hear from anyone who was near the parade of shops in Hillborough Crescent
at the time of the attack or anyone else who may have information – however small
or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don't dismiss your information as
unimportant – even tiny details which don't seem relevant now might become useful later
on in the investigation."
PC Garfitt can be contacted in confidence on the non emergency 101 number, or by text on 07786 200011.
Information can also be given confidentially to Crimestoppers on on 0800 555 111.
What a horrendous experience and horrible start to the holidays for this poor child.