A heartbroken mum has shared heartbreaking footage of her four-year-old daughter who suffered multiple injuries after being mauled by a dog in an alleged attack. Little Harley Chatterton may have permanent scars after the incident involving a one-year-old Jackador dog in Glasgow.
Harley needs 60 stitches after sustaining 13 facial injuries, including deep lacerations to her nose, mouth and lip. She was in her grandmother’s friend’s communal garden in Bredishold Road, Baillieston, at around 4.30pm on May 14 when the dog ran her wild, reports the Daily Record.
Her parents Caprice and Stephen are heartbroken by their daughter’s injuries. Mum-of-three Caprice Finlay told the Daily Record: “Only time will tell if the scars will fade. The surgeon gave us scar cream but said they might be there forever.”
Harley was heard screaming in pain as several women rushed to take the dog away from her. Harley’s grandmother, Janet Finlay, had seen the dog pounce on her granddaughter from a nearby balcony and quickly ran to her aid.
She was left covered in blood as she tried to free the terrified child from the dog’s grip. Caprice said she feared the worst when she arrived shortly after the incident and saw her mother drenched in blood.
The 24-year-old added: “All I was told was that Harley had been attacked by a dog. I had no idea where or how serious it was. Stephen and I are arrived quickly after it happened.
“The first thing I saw was my mother covered in blood. I was horrified, I knew it had to be serious.
“When I saw my little girl’s face, I was heartbroken. She was in so much pain and wouldn’t let anyone near her. She was crying hysterically.”
Emergency services were called to the scene and Harley was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. The next day, she underwent plastic surgery in an effort to repair the deep wounds.
After a two-hour operation, she was left with 60 stitches in 13 different places on her face. Caprice said her daughter’s lip was so swollen she could barely eat or drink for two days.
She added: “She was in agony and couldn’t eat or drink. It was so hard to watch because we couldn’t heal her. After seeing herself in the mirror, she kept crying. asking why the dog did this to her. She said ‘what did I do wrong mum’, my heart was broken for her.”
A 21-year-old woman is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court at a later date in relation to the incident. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘Officers were called to a report that a child had been bitten by a dog in Bredishold Road, Glasgow at around 4.55pm on Saturday 14th May 2022.
“Emergency services responded and the child was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. A 21-year-old woman has been released on a promise to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court later. The dog was seized.