Cambridgeshire Police are investigating after a dog attacked a child at a training class on 11 June in Horseheath, Cambridge.
Reports suggest the child was attending the class for reactive dogs being run by an unnamed training company along with her grandfather Steven, also a dog trainer, when an Anatolian Shepherd that was part of the session attacked her.
The attack only lasted for “a second or two”, according to the grandfather, because he and the trainer leading the class managed to force the dog to let go of the girl.
The girl’s family said on social media that she has broken her arm in two places, has around eight lacerations to the top of her arm, and about four to the underneath. She has since undergone surgery and is now recovering, according to the reports.
Cambridge Police said: “We were called at about 10.20am on Sunday, 11 June, with reports a girl had been bitten by a dog in Linton Road, Horseheath.
“The eight-year-old girl was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
“A crime has been raised for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.”
Speaking to The Canine Times about the incident, Lauren Hewitt-Watts, founder of Dog Mum Mindset and APBC Committee member, said: “Without knowing more details, it can be very hard to say too much about whether this incident and the factors that led to it.
“However, when running a reactive dog class, the instructor should have the appropriate behaviour knowledge, experience and qualifications to be able to assess each dog and owner, and an assessment should be prior to the class starting. They would need to determine a) whether the dog is suitable for a class environment, b) the level of risk that the dog would bring to a class environment, and c) the handling abilities of each owner.
“Risk assessments should be constantly conducted and owners should be informed how to manage their dogs before they attend the class, whether any equipment such as muzzles is needed, as well as an exit strategy as required. It would be sensible to say that children would not attend any classes where this is any risk of aggression, and lastly to note that classes should not be run in a public place as this heightens the risk to other people in the vicinity.”