A Black Country mum has shared grim images of their child after he was attacked by his “best friend” dog. Jodie Griffiths, 35, was at work on December 27 when she received the heart-stopping call from her partner that their two-year-old son Romy had been seriously bitten.
Eight-year-old family dog Blizzard was sleeping near to where Romy was playing with his toy helicopter. Dad Daniel Griffiths, 32, had only looked away for a second before the tot screamed out in agony and he turned back to find him covered in blood after a single bite tore through his nose.
Jodie, from Walsall, West Midlands, said: “The kids were playing in the front room with their flying helicopters and the dog was asleep on the chair. My partner had got up to go to the kitchen but did not even get to the kitchen – he heard Romy scream and turned around and that was just how fast it happened.
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“I think the dog was startled awake by one of the flying helicopters and Romy’s face must have just been right there. I was at work and got a call from my partner saying the dog had bit the baby – I was very panicked and couldn ‘ t believe it.I still find it hard to get my head round it now.When I got home Romy was covered in blood and my partner was covered in his blood as well.
“He was screaming and then he started dozing off to sleep – the doctors said it was because of the shock. Then they gave him morphine until he went to theater. We did not quite realize how bad it was until after his surgery because he it would not let anyone look at his face. It fractured his jaw, ripped all of his nose, ripped out three teeth from the root – he had to have hundreds and hundreds of stitches, they lost count of how many.
“The damage was really bad on the inside of his nose and they said if the dog had bit down a little bit more his whole nose would have been bitten off.” The mum of eight decided to surrender him to the police to be rehomed.
Jodie said: “Blizzard has always been a family dog who loved to play, loved a fuss and wanted to get involved with everything. He was a soft dog and the kids loved him to death. He was Romy’s best friend. I do not think it was a planned attack. He’s not continued the attack or ragged him about or anything, all that damage was just from one bite. At the end of the day I will always put my kids first and it was the best thing for the dog to go and hopefully be rehomed.
“I would never have trusted him around my kids again, I do not trust any dog anymore. One came up to Romy in the street when he was in the pram and I spun the pram round and started screaming hysterically to get it away from him. ” Jodie said: “Even looking at him now I can not believe he got to live with this scar but he is healing beautifully.
“I want to raise awareness and I would not advise anyone with kids having a dog because even if it’s an accident it can still happen. People love their dogs and say ‘my dog would never do that’ but we used to say the same . ” A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We were called to [an address] in Wolverhampton on 27 December 2021 to reports a child had been bitten by a dog.
“The two-year-old was taken to hospital and treated for serious injuries to his face. The dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross was seized under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dog Act. The ownership of the dog was transferred to police. Following a thorough assessment it was established the dog could never be rehomed due to the violent act and they were humanely destroyed. “
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