Sisters from Cullingworth, near Keighley, 'lucky to be alive' after dog attack

Molly Watt and her sister Evie Rockcliffe

Molly Watt and her sister Evie Rockcliffe

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Young sisters were left “dripping in blood” following an horrific dog attack that saw the crazed canine grab one girl’s head in its mouth.

Four-year-old Molly Watt and six-year-old Evie Rockcliffe had been visiting another home to play with a friend when they were attacked by the powerful Japanese Akita animal, according to the sisters’ gran, Lisa Reynoldson.

She said both girls had been left terrified by their ordeal, with the nurse treating them claiming they are “lucky to be alive”.

“They were only in the other house for about 15 minutes when they came back absolutely scared to death,” she said. “Evie was covered in blood.

“The mother of the girl from that house came round and said her dog had got hold of Evie’s head in its mouth. But she said she didn’t know how it had happened.”

Keighley Police have confirmed they investigated the incident, which took place in Cullingworth on May 22, and that the dog involved had now been destroyed.

Miss Reynoldson, 45, who lives in Oakworth, said the sisters’ mother – her daughter, Anna Watt – had been out at the time of the attack, so she had been looking after the two girls.

She added Evie had suffered injuries down the right side of her body, suffering a deep cut to her arm and bite marks to her head, back and shoulder. She also needed six stitches above her ear.

“The nurse at the hospital said Evie was lucky to be alive,” Miss Reynoldson added.

“I hadn’t realised Molly was hurt at first, but her leg is quite a mess. She’s got puncture marks lower down her leg and the rest of it is badly bruised.

“Both girls are scared now, even though Molly loves all types of animals. I took them round to see a friend of mine who has a couple of Dobermans. Molly and Evie have always been fine with them before, but this time they were very nervous.”

Sergeant Diane Collins, of Keighley Area Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “All parties agreed the best course of action would be for the dog to be put down. We can confirm this has happened.”

Despite several attempts, the Keighley News was unable to contact the dog’s owner at the time of going to press.

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11:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Akitatruth says...

Hello I would like to stop these lies I was there it all happend in front of my eyes i am the owners daughter to hear more go to my page"the truth of the Akita attack" thank you x
Hello I would like to stop these lies I was there it all happend in front of my eyes i am the owners daughter to hear more go to my page"the truth of the Akita attack" thank you x Akitatruth
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9:42am Fri 6 Jun 14

MarkPullen says...

I'm not sure where to find "the truth of the Akita attack" page but two questions:

1) Did the dog attack the child/children?
2) Was it provoked?

Thanks
I'm not sure where to find "the truth of the Akita attack" page but two questions: 1) Did the dog attack the child/children? 2) Was it provoked? Thanks MarkPullen
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1:21pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Stevo54 says...

Seems a way over blown story. Would be good tio read an account from someone who was actually there.
Seems a way over blown story. Would be good tio read an account from someone who was actually there. Stevo54
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Fri 6 Jun 14

wesb1994 says...

Yes this story is hugely over blown most of it being a lie yes the dog in question did bite the child but this is the first time the dog has ever bit anyone or had any aggressive behavior the two young children were provoking him for his short lived life kicking on my fence provoking him to bark for hours on end so it wouldn't of surprised me if they were provoking him, the day we went to get our dog put down we came back to witness one of the children kicking there own dog so how could they not of done something like that to mine an the term lucky to be alive is a huge over exaggeration the injuries only looked so bad because they were young children and too say the dog had the children in its jaws is another lie its just the papers trying to make everything sound so terrible the kids weren't round at my house for 15 minutes they were there for 2 hours all lies basically it was totally out of character from my dog something must of happened to him for him to attack
Yes this story is hugely over blown most of it being a lie yes the dog in question did bite the child but this is the first time the dog has ever bit anyone or had any aggressive behavior the two young children were provoking him for his short lived life kicking on my fence provoking him to bark for hours on end so it wouldn't of surprised me if they were provoking him, the day we went to get our dog put down we came back to witness one of the children kicking there own dog so how could they not of done something like that to mine an the term lucky to be alive is a huge over exaggeration the injuries only looked so bad because they were young children and too say the dog had the children in its jaws is another lie its just the papers trying to make everything sound so terrible the kids weren't round at my house for 15 minutes they were there for 2 hours all lies basically it was totally out of character from my dog something must of happened to him for him to attack wesb1994
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9:22am Mon 9 Jun 14

Shauny-Boy says...

Although it's sad that the dog had to be destroyed, I think the solution to all these dog attacks is to muzzle them when they're not actually in their own house.
If the dog had badly hurt the children irrespective of them teasing it, then there would've been police charges.
Although it's sad that the dog had to be destroyed, I think the solution to all these dog attacks is to muzzle them when they're not actually in their own house. If the dog had badly hurt the children irrespective of them teasing it, then there would've been police charges. Shauny-Boy
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2:32pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Kingchaser says...

wesb1994 wrote:
Yes this story is hugely over blown most of it being a lie yes the dog in question did bite the child but this is the first time the dog has ever bit anyone or had any aggressive behavior the two young children were provoking him for his short lived life kicking on my fence provoking him to bark for hours on end so it wouldn't of surprised me if they were provoking him, the day we went to get our dog put down we came back to witness one of the children kicking there own dog so how could they not of done something like that to mine an the term lucky to be alive is a huge over exaggeration the injuries only looked so bad because they were young children and too say the dog had the children in its jaws is another lie its just the papers trying to make everything sound so terrible the kids weren't round at my house for 15 minutes they were there for 2 hours all lies basically it was totally out of character from my dog something must of happened to him for him to attack
Blah, blah, blah. 'Out of character' 'Dog was provoked' and shockingly 'injuries only looked so bad because they were young children'

Get a life WESB1994. Children are children, they don't understand, necessarily, that a dog is dangerous if provoked. Dangerous dogs should be muzzled or not kept at all where there's any risk of a child coming into contact with it.

And your comment about the injuries looking worse because they are small children is disgusting. Six stitches is six stitches. A puncture wound is a puncture wound.

You aren't fit to keep a dog.
[quote][p][bold]wesb1994[/bold] wrote: Yes this story is hugely over blown most of it being a lie yes the dog in question did bite the child but this is the first time the dog has ever bit anyone or had any aggressive behavior the two young children were provoking him for his short lived life kicking on my fence provoking him to bark for hours on end so it wouldn't of surprised me if they were provoking him, the day we went to get our dog put down we came back to witness one of the children kicking there own dog so how could they not of done something like that to mine an the term lucky to be alive is a huge over exaggeration the injuries only looked so bad because they were young children and too say the dog had the children in its jaws is another lie its just the papers trying to make everything sound so terrible the kids weren't round at my house for 15 minutes they were there for 2 hours all lies basically it was totally out of character from my dog something must of happened to him for him to attack[/p][/quote]Blah, blah, blah. 'Out of character' 'Dog was provoked' and shockingly 'injuries only looked so bad because they were young children' Get a life WESB1994. Children are children, they don't understand, necessarily, that a dog is dangerous if provoked. Dangerous dogs should be muzzled or not kept at all where there's any risk of a child coming into contact with it. And your comment about the injuries looking worse because they are small children is disgusting. Six stitches is six stitches. A puncture wound is a puncture wound. You aren't fit to keep a dog. Kingchaser
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12:32am Tue 1 Jul 14

Annawatt says...

They were my two little girls the dog attacked, and it was an unprovoked attack as the owner clearly knows and told me this herself when I arrived home from work to take my girls to the hospital for stitches. I've never heard so many lies in all my life your disgusting and have had dogs in the past that have left scars on people you shouldn't be allowed animals you fouls people and to try and blame a 6 year old and a 4 year old goes beyond a joke I don't blame the poor dog for it's actions I blame the owners who clearly don't know how to look after themselves there children or there pets your a disgrace!!!
They were my two little girls the dog attacked, and it was an unprovoked attack as the owner clearly knows and told me this herself when I arrived home from work to take my girls to the hospital for stitches. I've never heard so many lies in all my life your disgusting and have had dogs in the past that have left scars on people you shouldn't be allowed animals you fouls people and to try and blame a 6 year old and a 4 year old goes beyond a joke I don't blame the poor dog for it's actions I blame the owners who clearly don't know how to look after themselves there children or there pets your a disgrace!!! Annawatt
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