Teen girl rushed to hospital after savage dog attack left her hand ripped apart

A young girl has been left with life-changing injuries after a dog viciously ripped her hand apart.

Cara Marshall, 17, was visiting her friend in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, when the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Pitbull cross set upon her.

Shockingly, out of nowhere, the dog escaped from the front door and launched a horror attack on her hand while they were in the garden on Sunday (November 20).

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And she has now been left with permanent tendon damage after the dog sank its teeth into her hand.

It took three people to overpower the beast, who was dragged away from the girl.

She might now require plastic surgery depending on the extent of the damage, the Daily Record reports.

Mum Kayleigh said: “Cara is getting surgery to repair the tendons in her hand but the surgeons have said if they find out the damage is bad during surgery she may need to get plastic surgery.

“There could also be long-term damage.

“She doesn't like dogs at the best of times and this has traumatised her.

“These are really big dogs and if that had been a toddler and not Cara, they would not have survived that.

“The dog needs to be taken away and assessed, it cannot remain on the street.”

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Cara was treated at the scene by emergency services before being taken to hospital for further assessment.

The incident is now being investigated by police, and it has been reported to the local authority's dog warden.

Fife Council's safer communities team manager also confirmed that he was looking into the attack.

And a Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were made aware of a 17-year-old female having been bitten by a dog at a property in Kirkcaldy shortly before 7pm on Sunday, 20 November.

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“The female was treated at the scene by the Scottish Ambulance Service and the local authority’s dog warden has been made aware.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

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