Georgia Wilson-Wheeler, 18, was putting the bin out for her mum after last-minute confusion over changes to collections when she noticed that a dog was hanging around near their bins, reports Grimsby Live.
After Georgia knelt down to pick up some rubbish, the dog pounced and ripped off the teen’s lip. She was dashed to A&E and needed urgent treatment to the severe facial wounds.
Georgia’s family, who believe the dog was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with a Pitbull, have contacted police who are investigating.
And the college student’s furious mum Cheryl Wilson believes the same dog may be linked to other recent attacks in Grimsby, Lincs.
“Speaking with the police, they’re looking into it being the same dog causing all the trouble in the area, as well as looking at CCTV on the shop nearby to see if they can get a good look at it,” the 43-year-old said.
“When Georgia was in hospital she was so pale because of the amount of blood that she had lost. She needed 25 stitches in her mouth because of the damage to her lip as well as the inside of her cheek.
“Georgia ran into the house screaming and bleeding everywhere. Thankfully I’ve had first aid training so I remained calm and got her some towels to cover her wound to reduce the bleeding.
“If I’d just panicked she would have panicked even more, so I needed to calm her down while calling A&E.”
The horror happened on Thursday March 11 at around 7.30pm after the family realised, due to sudden changes to bin collection, they needed to put their rubbish out for refuse workers on Friday.
Cheryl continued: “When she knelt down to pick up some rubbish off the floor, the dog lunged at her.
“It’s going to take a long time for her to fully recover. The stitches will dissolve within two to three weeks, it will take a few months to fully heal, but it will take up to six months before the scarring will go down.
“She’s unable to eat solid foods at the moment because of the injury, so she’s just on soup and porridge. It’s really affected her mentally as well, we have a staffy crossed with a boxer and she’s even hesitant to go near our dog.
“Georgia actually went into college on Monday because she didn’t want to fall behind with school, but her painkillers were so strong she fell asleep, so she’s staying at home to study and get some much needed rest now.”
Humberside Police is investigating the string of dog attacks which have happened lately in Grimsby.
The dog wasn’t with its owner, which has left Cheryl particularly concerned.
She added: “I’m mostly worried, now, about the number of children who walk to school in the area. My daughter is 18 and was very seriously injured – what would the same dog do to a young child or teenager?
“I managed to catch a look at it as it was walking away, and it looked like a mix between a staffy and a pitbull. Georgia said the ears were different to our dog, and that it was a bit larger too, which is why we think it’s that breed.
“We have been trying to work out why it was rummaging in our bins and attacked her. We were thinking it has been neglected and left out to fend for itself, the owner was nowhere to be seen.
“My partner thinks he’s seen it out and about in the nearby area, especially when walking around Willingham Street. If he spots the dog he’s going to try and get a picture to see if we can identify it.”
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “On Thursday 11 March at approximately 7:30pm, a woman was reported to have been attacked by a dog on Hainton Avenue, Grimsby
“It was reported that the woman was approached by the dog as she knelt to retrieve something from the ground when she was bitten.
“The victim sustained serious injury to her face and required medical treatment as a result.
“The dog was not in the company of its owner and is described as a Brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
“We are appealing for any witnesses to the incident and we are also asking for the owner of the dog to come forward to assist with our enquiries.
“If anyone has any information, or CCTV, please call our non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference 16/29981/21.”