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What more proof do you need Family”s fury as CPS claims there is “insufficient evidence” to charge owner of Alsatian which did this to a five-year-old girlAbbie Varrow forced to see a psychiatrist following the attack because she has been sleepwalkingSchoolgirl forced to have 60 stitches and underwent two hours of surgery after the maulingDog owner, 42, has been given pet back – and won”t even have to pay for the time it spent in kennels
The family of a five-year-old girl left scarred for life after being attacked by an Alsatian have reacted with fury after the owner was told he will not be prosecuted because of “insufficient evidence”.
Abbie Varrow was forced to undergo emergency surgery after being left with severed nerves in her nose following the attack.
But the 42-year-old owner – held on suspicion of having a dangerous dog – has now been told he can have his pet back.
After: Abbie has made a good recovery from the attack – but will be left permanently scarred
The schoolgirl was jumping up and down on a trampoline in the back garden of her friend Harry Chapman’s house when the dog jumped at the same time and lunged in Great Notley, Essex.
Abbie will have to see a psychiatrist because she has been sleepwalking and wetting the bed after being mauled by the dog in March.
The Crown Prosecution Service have told the Alsatian”s owner he will face no further action and he will not even have to pay for the time the dog spent in kennels.
Abbie had to have 60 stitches and underwent two hours of surgery at Chelmsford’s Broomfield Hospital following the attack.
Her parents, Tony and Alyson, said their daughter was suffering pain every day as they hit out over the decision not to charge the suspect.
Family fury: Abbie with her parents Alyson and Tony, both 50, at the spot where she was attacked by the dog in March. The animal jumped over the fence, left, and attacked her while she was on the trampoline
Mauled: Abbie Varrow, five, who was forced to undergo two hours of emergency surgery and have 60 stitches in her face
Mrs Varrow, 40, said: “Abbie will be goingthrough pain every day to sort out the scar tissue on her face. Yet theowner has got away with it and won’t even have to pay for when it was in the kennels.”
The attack on March 27 left Abbie, whoseparents have ten other children from previous relationships, in hospital for two days.
Her father Tony, 40, added: “Since this has happened, Abbie has been sleepwalking and bed-wetting.
“Thesurgeon was happy to discharge her. But then after he heard about sleep-walking and bed-wetting, he wants her to see a psychiatrist.”
The family said that Abbie could have been killed by the dog.
“She could have lost her life, and in that respect you have to look at what you have got,” Tony said.
Snarling: Abbie Varrow, five, was attacked by an Alsatian in her friend”s garden (file picture)
“She knows all the people around her are supporting her and in time we hope she can get back to normal.”
Following the attack, Mrs Varrow revealed said her daughter bravely said “Oh it”s a mess isn”t it” when shown the state of her face for the first time after the attack.
Recalling the attack, she added: “We heard Abbie screaming and then someone banging on the front door.
“Under her left eye the bite had gone right through the flesh and we were amazed that she didn’t lose her eye. There was blood pouring from it.”
She added: ‘The first thing Abbie did at the hospital was ask for a mirror and when she looked she said, “Oh, it’s a mess, isn’t it”
“We just don’t know what will happen now and how well her skin will heal but we are concerned about her nose. She keeps saying it feels funny.”
ACrown Prosecution Service spokesman said after a careful review, it wasdecided there was “insufficient evidence” for charges to be brought.
Hesaid: “Our sympathies are with the victim of this horrendous incident, but we were unable to show to the very high standard of proof required in respect of criminal proceedings that the owner was negligent in the control of his dogs.”
The 42-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of owning a dangerous dog has been informed that no further action will be taken.
Garden horror: The trampoline Abbie was playing on and the fence the Alsatian leaped over and attacked her