A three-year-old girl was left scarred after being bitten in the face by a dog with ‘fangs’.
Nikita Courtney-Clough was walking along High Street in Rishton near the Mini-Market with her mum Anita Humphreys when she was attacked.
She suffered three bite marks to her left cheek and was taken to Accrington Victoria Hospital for treatment.
Nikita, who attends the Rishton Primetime pre-school, also needed to be checked for any infections and has received antibiotics.
Her aunt Natalia Ruiz-Clough told the Observer: “She is very friendly with dogs and leant over to go and stroke it.
“Her mum pulled her away and said no and then next thing it’s just snapped at her and got her on the face.
“She has got three teeth marks on her left cheek. One is quite severe and has gone quite deep and the other two are like grazes.
“It happened in just a few seconds. Luckily her mother kicked the dog which made it get off and move away. It was just wandering around on its own while they were walking up the street.
“I own a Rottweiler cross and she has been brought up around it her whole life.
“It is a very friendly dog and her best friend and I think she thought all dogs are like that. Unfortunately this one definitely wasn’t.”
Natalia, 22, from Rishton, said Anita has been left ‘frightened and shocked’ by the incident and Nikita is now ‘a bit wary but back to herself’.
She said: “She is very lucky that it wasn’t an eye. It would have been a totally different story and could’ve been a lot worse. It looked like it had fangs.
“They had to check all her tetanus jabs were up to date. The doctors were quite concerned about one of the wounds and they gave it a good clean.
“There are facial specialists in Blackburn but the hospital managed to do what they would do.”
The incident happened at around 2.30pm on Tuesday, September 22.
The dog is described as a dark brown Staffordshire-type with some white on its chest.
Duty Inspector Duncan Arthur said: “We have not managed to locate the dog as yet and there was no owner there.
“Fortunately she has sustained quite minor injuries it would appear and is a lot less serious than it could have been.”
Anyone with information call police on 101 quoting log number 745 for September 22.