A little boy’s face was ripped to shreds by his pet dog who was supposed to be his ‘best friend’.Shocking photos show deep lacerations across Romy Griffiths’ nose and face after the sudden attack at his home in Walsall, West Midlands.
The two-year-old also lost teeth and suffered a fractured jaw from what his family claim was just ‘one bite’.Mum-of-eight Jodie Griffiths, 35, was at work on December 27 when her partner Daniel, 32, called to say Romy had been seriously bitten.
The toddler was playing in the living room with his siblings while Blizzard, the eight-year-old Staffy cross, slept on the sofa nearby. Romy’s dad said he looked away for a second before the toddler screamed out in agony and he turned to find him covered in blood after a single bite tore through his nose. He was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he underwent surgery to stitch his nose back together. What was meant to be a two-hour operation ended up taking five hours due to the extensive damage to Romy’s face, followed by two nights on the ward recovering.
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Romy has been left with scarring across his face and he will need constant check-ups at the hospital to make sure his nose is growing properly.
Doctors fear he may need another operation when he is four and further surgery when he is a teenager to reshape his nose.
His parents say Blizzard had never been aggressive before and they believe he was startled awake by a flying toy.They said they were allowed to keep Blizzard after the police agreed it was an ‘accident’, but Jodie said she could never ‘trust’ him again and gave him up.
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The ultrasound assistant said she wants to share the shocking photos of her son’s injuries to warn other parents about the risk of dog attacks, even with trusted pets.
‘The damage was really bad on the inside of his nose,’ she said. ‘They said if the dog had bit down a little more his whole nose would have been bitten off.’
She added: ‘Blizzard was a soft dog and the kids loved him to death. He was Romy’s best friend.
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‘I don’t 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.’However, a West Midlands Police spokesperson confirmed Blizzard was ‘humanely destroyed’ after an assessment found he could never be rehomed due to the violent attack.
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