EXCLUSIVE Schoolgirl, 11, mauled by crazed XL Bully reveals how she’s ‘too frightened to leave home’ as she describes ‘devil’ dog’s savage attack on her and multiple other people after ‘suffering heat exhaustion’ in horrific rampage
An 11-year-old girl who was savaged by a dangerous XL Bully dog in a ferocious rampage as terrified crowds fled the area said today: ‘I’m now too frightened to leave home.’
Ana Paun was walking to the shops with her 18-year-old sister when the powerful breed of bulldog leapt up at her from a bus shelter.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline today, the traumatised schoolgirl said: ‘The dog just came at me out of nowhere.
‘I was walking to the shop with my elder sister and the dog was with its owner, who was standing by a bus shelter.
‘The dog stared at me and as I got closer it suddenly jumped up and bit my arm, it didn’t take its gaze off me and continued staring while it was biting.
‘It sort of locked on to my arm and wouldn’t let go. I was screaming as loud as I could.
Ana Paun was walking to the shops with her 18-year-old sister when the powerful breed of bulldog leapt up at her from a bus shelter
Ana remained in hospital for a day and was allowed home to recover last night with a bandaged arm
The eleven-year-old is now recovering at home following the gruesome ordeal
Brave members of the public grabbed anything they could to beat away the crazed beast
‘The dog knocked me to the floor and was still attacking me. A man helped me and hit the dog which released it from my arm but it then lunged at me again and bit my shoulder.
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‘I was in shock but another man managed to grab the dog from behind and pull it off me. The dog then chased someone else into the petrol station and attacked him on the forecourt.
‘I managed to get off the floor at this point and with my sister I ran into the shop to safety. There was a lot of blood pouring from my arm.
‘The staff called the police and the ambulance and I was taken to Heartlands Hospital.’
Ana remained in hospital for a day and was allowed home to recover last night.
She said she has lived in the area for five-years but has never seen the dog before.
Cradling a bandaged left forearm, she added: ‘I don’t blame the dog but the owner did nothing at all when I was attacked. He just watched on and didn’t attempt to stop it.
‘I’m now too frightened to leave home and I’m very wary of dogs.
‘The pain isn’t too bad as I’m on antibiotics but I still feel really shaken up. I thought the dog might do more serious damage or worse, kill me. I’m really thankful to the people who helped me.’
Ana was one of three people bitten by the dog, two men were also attacked.
Her relieved mother, Monica, said a man who tried to help her daughter was chased into a neighbouring Texaco petrol station and left more seriously hurt.
More footage has emerged of a savage dog attack in Birmingham that left an 11-year-old girl and two men injured
Ana’s mother has said she does not want the dog to be destroyed and has blamed the animals owner for the incident
She said: ‘We bumped into him in hospital. He had a very serious bite wound to his upper arm.
‘He lives near to us but I think he’s still in hospital as his injuries are more severe. But I thanked him for helping to save my daughter.
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‘I don’t want the dog to be destroyed, it’s the owner who is at fault. They shouldn’t be walking around with such a dangerous dog, especially one that isn’t on a lead or muzzled.
‘Ana is doing ok, she is a strong girl. We’ve had visits from friends and family, who have been worried sick. Ana’s also been on FaceTime chats with her schoolmates to show them she’s ok.
‘I shudder to think what could have happened. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
‘I’m originally from Romania, where there are lots of stray dogs roaming the streets and there have been attacks on people. I’ve always been careful around them.
‘I didn’t expect my daughter to be seriously injured by one on the streets of Birmingham.’
A passenger on the top deck of a passing bus filmed the horrific attack on their mobile phone on Saturday afternoon.
The footage was uploaded onto social media and shows the muscular dog attack Ana as force her to the ground as onlookers scream.
A man is seen pulling the dog away from her as the XL Bully goes for another man in a white T-shirt and shorts who sprints onto a petrol station forecourt.
A video circulating online which was taken from the top deck of a double-decker bus showed the rampage erupt
The dog sprints after another man, who is seen on the film wearing a while t-shirt and shorts
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said she had commissioned ‘urgent advice’ on outlawing the breed after the ‘appalling’ attack
Several men come to his aid, including one brandishing a metal pole, and force the dog to flee.
The bully was initially taken to a local vet to be checked over before being taken into secure kennels while the investigation continues. It’s owner has been spoken to by officers from West Midlands Police.
A spokesman clarified: ‘The dog was seized by officers and taken to a vet suffering from heat exhaustion. He has now been taken into secure kennels and our dog unit will consider what will happen to it.
‘The dog’s owner is currently in hospital and we will be speaking to him in due course.
‘This was an alarming and shocking incident on a busy road in high temperatures and members of the public showed immense courage in tackling such a ferocious dog.’
She tweeted: ‘The American XL bully is a clear and lethal danger to our communities, particularly to children.
‘We can’t go on like this. I have commissioned urgent advice on banning them.’
Home Secretary Suella Braverman is now pushing for a ban on American XL bully dogs, saying they are a ‘clear and lethal danger’ – particularly to children.
Following the attack, which is the latest in a terrifying spate of incidents, debate has raged as to whether the XL bully breed should be banned.
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