Trauma lasting

Many of these children will take years to get over their trauma.

A sizeable minority of dog owners think they can allow their dogs to be so-called ‘free spirits’ and not adhere to the rules and when confronted can be very aggressive.

I have had two instances when walking a dog on a leash and they were attacked by an unrestrained dog. The owners in both cases said it was my fault for having my dog on the leash. It’s very hard to understand that logic because your dog is solely your responsibility.

Strict new laws will come into force in November targeting dangerous dogs regardless of their breed and the handing down of tougher penalties for their owners.

With the enforcement of these laws, we can only hope that the days of three children a week being taken to PMH after dog attacks will become a thing of the past.