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8-year-old Evie-Mae Sykes was attacked by a Japanese Akita. With her mum Ellie Sykes.
8-year-old Evie-Mae Sykes was attacked by a Japanese Akita. With her mum Ellie Sykes.
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A mum has called on tougher punishments for dog owners who fail to control their pets after her daughter was bitten by a Japanese Akita.

Evie-Mae Sykes, 8, was bitten by the dog while she played in Exley Park.

She was playing with friends near her home in Chevinedge Crescent, Siddal, when she approached the parent of one of the boys who was spraying her with a water pistol.

The man was holding the Akita on a lead, but when Evie-Mae approached, it jumped onto her shoulders before sinking it’s teeth into her forearm and dragging her around.

After it let go, she was rushed to Calderdale Royal Hospital before being transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary where she needed seven stitches and a skin graft on her arm.

Evie-Mae attends Siddal Primary School but has been off since the incident on June 13.

Her mother, Ellie, said: “When she came in I thought it was a joke,” she said. “I thought it was a sticker on her arm.”

“I couldn’t believe it. The man whose dog it was took us to the hospital and Evie-Mae was so upset.

Now Ellie is calling for tougher penalties on owners who can’t control their pets.

“All the police said they would do at first is ask that the dog has a muzzle, but that’s not enough,” she said.

“As we speak the dog is still out there and next time it could be worse,” she said. “Something needs to be done sooner rather than later.”

A police spokesperson confirmed that an eight-year-old girl had been bitten by a dog near Exley Park and that enquiries were on going.