Released by the NHS, new figures show how many daily operations medics are forced to carry out to save people’s lives after being victims of dog maulings.
Based on where the most procedures are carried out, Kent and Medway are the most dangerous, with 250 operations carried out last year – equivalent to five a week.
But there are 18 other dangerous areas where the chances of falling victim to vicious attacks are higher, according to the data.
Last month MPs highlighted certain breeds, especially the American Bully XL, and are pushing for them to be added to the UK’s banned list – after they were linked to a number of recent attacks on the public.
Multiple people have fatally fallen victim to this particular breed, with its youngest victim being just 12 months old, reports The Sun.
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Jack Lis, 10, was attacked by an eight-stone dog named Beast in November 2021, an attack that proved fatal.
His mum heartbreakingly said how she was able to identify his body by his shoe.
A second victim, Bella-Rae Birch was mauled by their family pet which was purchased by her dad just a week before, she died in March last year.
Jonathon Hogg, 37, was fatally jumped on by an XL Bully he was looking after for a pal, and 34-year-old Ian Symes died from neck injuries when a 52kg dog of the same breed he bought off Snapchat attacked him.
According to official stats victims needing NHS treatment for these attacks have been growing year on year for nearly two decades – and data obtained by the NHS indicates the killings are part of a growing trend of serious attacks in the UK.
Hospitals were hit with 4,699 cases between 2007/08, and that number had almost doubled by 2017/18 to 8,582.
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In 2018/19, only a year later, saw just under 9,000 recorded cases, which dropped to 7,424 during Covid lockdowns – but it rose again soon after in 2021/21 before hitting a record high of 9,366 between 2022/23.
Those needing reconstructive surgery made up 3,743 of the total, and the majority of cases undergoing surgery were children.
Shockingly, 374 of those operated on were aged four and under, 359 were aged between five and nine, and 273 were ages 10 to 14.
One woman was left hospitalized for a week after being attacked, a “chunk of flesh” had been ripped from her arm.
Laura Walker, 39, was walking Ted, her miniature poodle near Epping, Essex when a neighbour’s XL Pitbull jumped on them.
Paula Gaughan, 32, has spoken of her heartbreak when her three-year-old daughter Stella was savaged by a dog which left her needing plastic surgery after suffering deep gashes and severe bruising.
Elsewhere, a young boy suffered puncture wounds to his back, chest, and shoulder, and a huge gash under his arms. Little Freddie Turner, 7, was in his garden playing with his sister and other kids in his pal’s garden at the time when a stray Alsation dog attacked him.
Giorgi Fullbirg-Taylor was attacked by a jet-black mixed terror mutt when it locked its jaws into the 10-year-old and suffered severe bite wounds.
The little boy was playing football in his garden when the attack happened and went under the knife for plastic surgery to repair the damage on February 15, remaining there overnight.
Britains dog attack hotspots
Kent and Medway – 250
Black Country – 180
Coventry and Warwickshire – 170
Devon – 165
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West – 160
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – 160
Cheshire and Merseyside – 160
Hampshire and Isle of Wight – 160
South East London – 150
Norfold and Waveney – 150
West Yorkshire – 150
North East and North Cumbria – 145
Derby and Derbyshire – 145
North West London – 145
South West London – 145
Sussex – 140
South Yorkshire – 135
West Yorkshire – 130
Hertfordshire and West Essex – 120
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes – 105
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