An 11-year-old girl attacked by the controversial XL bully dog breed has spoken out about the fear she felt when the beast attacked her.
Ana Paun was set upon by an American Bully XL dog near her home in Birmingham at the weekend.
It took help from locals to get the dog off her, but it also bit two men in the process.
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The attack – the latest in a long line of them to make headlines in the UK in recent weeks – has now seen the Government look at banning them.
Speaking about the attack, Ana said: “At the time I just felt panic.
“I went to the shop with my sister and the dog was staring at me.
“He jumped on my arm and bit me – it was so scary, I was screaming, He let my arm go and then bit my shoulder.
“I feel a bit better now and I went with the ambulance.”
Ana is very clear what she thinks should happen to the dog – “I want him to go away, to die,” she said.
She also called on the owner of the dog to be put in prison, as she has claimed that he they didn't do anything to stop the attack.
Her mother Monica, is not of the same opinion as her daughter, and doesn't blame the dog.
She told the Daily Mail: “'I don't want the dog to be destroyed, it's the owner who is at fault.
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“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, and she has 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.”
Ana spent a day in hospital, and was sent home the same night.
She suffered bite wounds on her arm, and is now on antibiotics.
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Home Secretary Suella Braverman is leading the calls to have the dog breed banned, after Ana's story went viral.
She said: “This is appalling. 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.”
The bully was initially taken to a local vet to be checked over before being taken into secure kennels. It's owner has been spoken to by officers from West Midlands Police.
A force spokesperson added: "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."
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