Schoolgirl savaged by rottweillers

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A woman has spoken of the horror moment she saw her 10-year-old granddaughter being mauled by two rottweilers.

Rhianna Kidd was attacked by the dogs while riding her bicycle in Dundee on Sunday.

The primary school pupil is being treated for a fractured jaw and has had to have plastic surgery.

A 33-year-old woman was charged in connection with the attack under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Irene Grady, the girl's grandmother, saw the dogs set upon the youngster as she pedalled towards her home in Dryburgh Street in the city. She had been dropped off by her father moments earlier.

Mrs Grady, 56, described the dogs as "killing machines".

She said: "It happened that quickly, in minutes. Rhianna was screaming, she was covered in blood, absolutely covered. She looked in a bad way to me. She's so thin. What chance would Rhianna have? She's not big for her age. She's 10 but she looks about eight. It was like a horror movie."

She described how she rang 999 and that she was advised to get towels and told how to look after the child until paramedics arrived. Mrs Grady said Rhianna's father Neil Kidd, 32, was as "white as a sheet" when he saw her.

She added: "Her jaw's broken in two places and pins have been put in. They'll be in for the rest of her life. She's got bites everywhere and she's got chunks out of her leg. She's got bites all over her arms and she can't open her left eye properly."

Mrs Grady said her granddaughter, who is in primary six at St Clement's Primary School, was in surgery for three hours last night. She said finally: "The plastic surgeon said it went well."