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Dog attack HORROR

PUBLISHED: 14:41 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010

ATTACK: A French Bullmastiff.

ATTACK: A French Bullmastiff.

RELATIVES of dog attack victims have called for tighter controls on dangerous breeds after a two-year-old was savaged by a family pet. Taylor Leadbeater was attacked by a French Bullmastiff dog at 1pm on Monday in Churchbury Road, Eltham, while she was p

RELATIVES of dog attack victims have called for tighter controls on dangerous breeds after a two-year-old was savaged by a family pet.

Taylor Leadbeater was attacked by a French Bullmastiff dog at 1pm on Monday in Churchbury Road, Eltham, while she was playing in her bedroom.

Her distraught father, Gareth Sim, 31, told how he punched the dog named, named Trigger, repeatedly as it attacked his daughter before stabbing it to death with a kitchen knife.

The tot was taken to Kings College Hospital and is in a stable condition after having 70 stitches to her face.

Sidcup resident Suzanne Page has started a petition on the Prime Minister's website calling for stricter controls on the animals after her grandmother Margaret White, of Mottingham Lane, Mottingham, was mauled by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier last month - leaving her needing 100 stitches and reconstructive surgery.

Miss Page said: "It is absolutely horrific and I really hope this little girl makes a full recovery.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this awful time as I know exactly what they are going through. I thought my nana was going to die.

"There needs to be stricter controls on the breeding of dogs like this."

Susan Lyons, whose five-year-old son Justin was attacked by a Pitbull Terrier in August 2006, said more needs to be done to stop others becoming victims of out of control dogs.

Mrs Lyons, of Porchester Close, Hartley, said her son Justin, now eight-years-old, is still receiving therapy more than three years after the attack.

She said: "These sort of dogs should not be allowed to go near children. Something needs to be done.

"I don't like these breeds, these dogs have it in them - they can turn and, if something isn't done to change the controls over them, children like Justin and this little girl are going to carry on getting hurt.

"I know what the parents are going through and it is horrendous."

Currently, the French Bullmastiff breed is not covered under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The family's two other dogs have been placed in police care while they are investigating the case.

Mr Sim has said he now wants to campaign for all dangerous dogs to be made illegal.

He said: "This was a dangerous dog. These types of animal should not be anywhere near children.

"When my daughter comes back home, I don't want her near any dog."

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating the incident and no arrests had been made at the time of going to press.

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