We are today appealing for the owner of a dog which is said to have bitten a four-year-old girl to come forward.
The incident happened at a house in Warley Road, Scunthorpe, at 8.30pm on New Year’s Eve, whilst the owner was not present.
We were called by paramedics who treated the girl for puncture wounds to her face, which required hospital treatment but are not life threatening.
The dog – said to be a black and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type - was removed from the house prior to us being informed of the incident and, despite our best efforts to trace the owner and the animal – including conducting searches at the owner’s home and other addresses connected to them - we have yet to track them down.
We are now calling on the owner of the dog to call us as a matter of urgency. Chief Inspector Sharon Harrison is appealed for the owner to call us, "We need to speak to you and it's better that you contact us so that we can investigate the incident fully. We know it is very difficult for you but avoiding speaking to us may make matters worse for you."
If you’re the owner, or you have any information about the dog’s whereabouts, please call us on 101, quoting log 430 31/12/17.