WARNING, GRAPHIC IMAGES: Faith Irwin, 16, was rushed to hospital for treatment after the hound sunk its teeth into her mouth and arm in a vicious attack near her home
Image: Lanarkshire Live)
A teenager who was left badly injured after being mauled by a dog outside her home says she still has nightmares of the terrifying ordeal.
Faith Irwin, 16, was rushed to hospital for treatment after the hound sunk its teeth into her mouth and arm near her home on Cam’Nethan Road, in Lanarkshire.
Faith has been left traumatized since the incident on December 28 and admits to still getting nightmares of the savage ordeal.
She also still finds it painful when she eats due to the injuries on her mouth following the incident at an estate next to her family home in Stonehouse.
But the teenager, and frustrated mum Lorraine Irwin, feel they have been passed from pillar to post as neither the dog or its owner have been reprimanded over the attack, despite an ongoing police investigation.
The teenager told Lanarkshire Live: “It was really scary.
“I want something done about it. When I walk past the house where the dog stays, I walk on the different side of the street and everything now.
“I was shocked because I was not expecting the dog to do that. I’m so used to the dog just jumping up for a cuddle or clap.
“It’s left me with injuries I’m still suffering from now. When I eat anything now it still hurts.
“I want something done about it, but I feel like the police have let me down.”
And distracted mum, Lorraine, agrees.
She said: “I’ve been told it’s with the dog warden and then the police but we can never get a hold of the officer in charge of the case or nothing.
“Faith was up the street, she has known the dog since it was a puppy, it was out with its owner. She thought it was just coming for attention then it attacked her.
“It basically jumped up, grabbed her mouth. The owner kept pulling it on the lead and then eventually it bit her arm as well.
“Faith sustained injuries on her mouth and her arm and they still haven’t healed properly. She’s still got marks from it.
“She’s been on strong antibiotics in order to stop infection. She couldn’t eat for a while, and she still now suffers from nightmares from it.
“We contacted the police the day after who took their own pictures. They said they’d keep us updated, but we’re lucky if we even get a return phone call when we chase it up.
“We just want there to be consequences.”
The terrifying incident has caused trauma for Faith who now suffers from nightmares of the dog attacking her, almost three months on.
“She’s still stressed about it,” Lorraine explained.
“She’s still having nightmares. The stuff she shouts out in her sleep is just terrible. She’s shouting for the dog to get off and stop attacking her.”
South Lanarkshire Council’s environmental health department were dealing with the case, however they advised they are unable to comment due to a current police investigation.
The force have confirmed that they are still looking into the incident.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were made aware of a 16-year-old female who was bitten by a dog on Cam’Nethan Road in Stonehouse on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
“Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.