A 10-year-old girl was being treated in hospital today after she was bitten by a dog in the second attack of its kind this week.
A Japanese akita dog bit the face of Toni Clannachan while she was playing in a schoolfriend's garden at a house on Tuesday, it was reported.
Toni was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, where she remained in a stable condition last night.
Her father, James Dixon, told the Daily Record: "These dogs shouldn't be with families or around kids. They are killing machines."
Speaking about the injuries to his daughter's face, he said: "If the dog had bit her an inch or so lower it would have severed an artery in her neck and I really think she would be dead."
It was reported Toni needed more than 100 stitches for the injury from the attack.
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said last night: "At 4.40pm on August 31, a 10-year-old female sustained facial injuries when she was bitten by a Japanese akita dog in the Kilmarnock area.
"She was conveyed to Crosshouse Hospital for treatment and is detained in a stable condition."
On Sunday, 10-year-old Rhianna Kidd was mauled by two rottweilers while riding her bicycle in Dundee. She was saved by her grandmother who intervened to help save her from the dogs who were savaging her.
The schoolgirl was treated for a fractured jaw and has had to have plastic surgery. The dogs were put down earlier this week.
A 33-year-old woman was charged in connection with the attack under the Dangerous Dogs Act, Tayside Police said earlier this week.