George moves to escape from scene of horror

THE family of four-year-old George Brown, who needed 200 stitches and four hours of surgery after being savaged by a dog, is moving home. George s mother, Danielle, 26, contacted Huntingdonshire Housing Partnership (HHP) after the attack last Monday to as

THE family of four-year-old George Brown, who needed 200 stitches and four hours of surgery after being savaged by a dog, is moving home.

George's mother, Danielle, 26, contacted Huntingdonshire Housing Partnership (HHP) after the attack last Monday to ask for stronger fencing for her garden in Norfolk Road, Huntingdon.

However, HHP said it would move the family to a new home in Offord.

Danielle said: "This is wonderful news for us because since he came out of hospital, George has been afraid to go near the front door, let alone go out to play."

George returned to Addenbrooke's Hospital on Saturday to have his stitches removed and undergo plastic surgery on his face.

Yesterday, (Tuesday) his father, Sam, 32, said: "George is too frightened to go out but the new house has a nice big garden and he is looking forward to moving. We hope to move this week."

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He said George's face was healing and the latest surgery had gone well.

The American bulldog, owned by a neighbour in Norfolk Road, had already attacked George and two other children in May this year, it was returned to Wood Green Animal Shelters to be put down the day after this latest attack. The shelter says it is investigating how the animal came to be re-homed with a family living with and near children.

George was seized by the dog as he played football with other youngsters including his sister, Sami, five. The family also has a baby, Libby, aged nine months.

Since the attack, the family say they have had a lot of support from friends, Carpet 4 Less in Huntingdon has supplied carpet for George's new bedroom and CarpetRight has given them a 20 per cent discount for the rest of the house.

A collection among Norfolk Road residents raised £200. George Robbins, chairman of Norfolk Road Residents Association, who lives five doors from George, said: "I wanted to collect £1 for every stitch.

"We are mates, George and I, every time he sees me, he says: 'My name is George, too'. This will never make it right for him but I am proud of the Norfolk Roaders, they have come up trumps. It is such a tragic thing to happen and this is the second time around, the second time the dog had a go at him."

He added: "I am hoping to contact the Huntingdon MP, Jonathan Djanogly, to see if the law can be tightened up on dangerous dogs."

The family said it wanted to thank 15-year-old Michaela Hilliard, the teenager who rescued George from the dog, saving him from further harm.

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