A GIRL was brutally abused by an English bulldog during a brutal attack, leaving parts of her leg loose.
But the horrified 17-year-old was even more shocked when she saw the dog owner’s reaction.
Crystal Bates was told that if she went to the police while bleeding at her friend’s house, the mad mutt would be let loose on her again.
The young girl, from Daventry, Northamptonshire, was visiting her boyfriend when the family dog launched a brutal attack that left Crystal in hospital for nine days.
The survivor, now 22, says she is still suffering physically and mentally.
she said The mirror She believed the owners knew there was a problem with their pet because there were two stair gates on the door.
“I went in and turned to close the door behind me and when I turned, the dog had grabbed my leg and wouldn’t let go,” Crystal said.
“I don’t think anyone knew what to do.
“I remember my boyfriend’s mother trying to get rid of the dog.
“But luckily my friend’s mom ended up having to put her hand in the dog’s mouth, I think, and pry the jaw open.”
Crystal was pumped with adrenaline after the terrifying attack and was unaware of the extent of her injuries.
But she claimed her pal’s stepfather forced her into the garden – and denied her an ambulance.
“He told us all we couldn’t call the police,” she explained.
“I had to leave the property. So my friend’s mom took me to the back garden and left the dog in the window barking at me.
“It’s very traumatic that I just got attacked by that dog.”
To make matters worse, Crystal added that the dog’s owner shouted, “If you call the police or an ambulance, I’ll let that dog out and he’ll get you again.”
The 17-year-old sat completely petrified in her garden shed and just wanted to go home.
Luckily, her friend helped her exit and quickly called an ambulance.
Crystal said: “They put a dirty sweater they found outside on it until the police arrived.”
“SO MANY SCARS”
The victim of the dog attack was initially unaware of how badly she had been bitten.
She explained, “It was weird, I was wearing really skinny leggings and I thought they were just going to rip apart.”
“My pants had no holes and no blood until I went outside – and I could feel a little pain.”
“I pulled my pants up and the flesh was just there, bleeding profusely.
“I had so many scars on my leg from the attack that I thought if I could help it I wouldn’t want it anymore.”
She required two surgeries but still has holes in her leg and permanent nerve damage.
The teenager also struggled with crutches for weeks while trying to regain muscle.
It took Crystal years to come to terms with the marks she left, but now she accepts that they are a part of her.
However, since her baby was born four months ago, the emotional trauma of such a horrific event has only increased.
She said, “Since my little boy was born, the emotional scars have definitely gotten worse.”
“The older I get, the worse they get.”
Taking your son for a walk in a stroller when there are dogs around can be problematic – and the possibility of ever owning one is pretty much impossible.
When Crystal was released from the hospital, she had to deal with the dog owner’s anger and her difficult healing process.
Her friend’s stepfather was so angry that his dog had been taken away by the police that he decided to take revenge.
Crystal said: “It was very strange. I understand that he was upset about the loss of his dog.”
“About a week after I was discharged from the hospital, he also smashed up my stepfather’s car.”
Around six months after the incident, the dog was killed and Crystal was awarded £500 in compensation after taking the case to court.
However, the victim still believes the owner was at fault for the attack and “didn’t want the dog to be euthanized.”
“I had developed love for this dog myself,” she added.
“I’ve always fought for them to rehabilitate it and train it and then bring it back home.”
However, another woman later came forward and claimed the same dog bit her toddler’s lip – and Crystal is certain another attack would have been inevitable.
Four dog breeds are currently banned in the UK but this dog attack victim said: “I don’t understand. In my opinion, it is not race that is the problem.”
“Some people say that this dog is vulnerable by nature, but I don’t really believe that.
“It’s the person who raises them from birth that has the most impact.”
To prevent more disasters, Crystal believes licenses should be made mandatory for dog owners.