Girl, 9, seriously injured after dog mauling likened to ‘shark attack’ in park

A dad says he is amazed his daughter survived a dog mauling which he likened to a “shark attack” in London.

The nine-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother were both bitten, while their mum suffered deep bite wounds on Easter Sunday.

They were doing an Easter Egg hunt in Bushy Park in Hampton, south west London, when the attack happened.

Their horrified dad, who witnessed it happening, told the Richmond and Twickenham Times that the owner tried to blame his kids.

He said: “I don’t know how my daughter survived it if I’m honest.

“It was like a shark attack, I’m amazed she didn’t lose her arm.

“As a parent, I’ve been having flashbacks and waking up in cold sweats reliving it.”

He said the dog went into a “frenzy”, and when his wife tried to protect her daughter, she ended up with a “tooth through her hand”.

Promoted Stories
He said he tried to get the dog off his family by kicking it, but the animal then chased his son.

The dad said the owner finally ran over and “jumped on” the dog – and said “he tried to blame our children for running”.

The dog attack, which caused serious injury to victims, happened at around 5.30pm.

Royal Parks Police posted pictures of three men they want to speak to in connection with the attack on Twitter.

The caption read: “#Appeal Police are looking to speak to three males involved in a dog attack causing serious injury to victims in #BushyPark on Easter Sunday 4th April at around 17.30hrs.

“If you have information or know the males please call police on 101 with reference to report 0703049/21.”

The dog owner was described by police as a light-skinned black male with a moustache and hair on his chin, wearing a yellow and black top and black trousers.

The trio are said to have run off towards Vicarage Road near Hampton Wick Station.