A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dangerously out of control dog after an 11-year-old girl was mauled by an Amercian XL Bully.
West Midlands Police said they had arrested a 60-year-old man following the incident at the weekend which also left two men injured.
The American XL Bully and Staffordshire bull terrier crossbreed puppy broke free from its collar in Bordesley Green in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon and savaged Ana Paun, 11, as she walked home from buying sweets with her sister.
Police said two men who tried to help lure the dog away from the Ana were also attacked and injured as the horror unfolded along a busy street and petrol station forecourt.
CCTV footage from the Texaco garage shows how the sustained attack lasted for more than two minutes with the dog attacking multiple people.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: ‘A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dog dangerously out of control.
‘He has been bailed with conditions while inquiries continue.’
The force confirmed the dog remains in secure kennels.
‘The dog just came at me out of nowhere,’ traumatised Ana said on Monday.
‘A man helped me’
‘I was walking to the shop with my elder sister and the dog was with its owner, who was standing by a bus shelter.
‘The dog stared at me and as I got closer it suddenly jumped up and bit my arm, it didn’t take its gaze off me and continued staring while it was biting.
‘It sort of locked on to my arm and wouldn’t let go. I was screaming as loud as I could.
‘The dog knocked me to the floor and was still attacking me. A man helped me and hit the dog which released it from my arm but it then lunged at me again and bit my shoulder.
‘I was in shock but another man managed to grab the dog from behind and pull it off me. The dog then chased someone else into the petrol station and attacked him on the forecourt.
‘I managed to get off the floor at this point and with my sister I ran into the shop to safety. There was a lot of blood pouring from my arm.
‘The staff called the police and the ambulance and I was taken to Heartlands Hospital.’
She said: ‘I thought it was going to attack my face and neck and that I was going to die. I kept screaming and screaming – I was petrified.’
Ana remained in hospital for a day and was allowed home to recover on Sunday night.