Four-year-old Summer Schneider gives her little dog Keko a big hug on the front steps of her West Kelowna home. The young girl is full of life, despite being bitten on the back of the head by a Bull Dog and having to undergo plastic surgery.
The incident happened Monday afternoon; Summer had been playing with friends in the backyard when she decided to visit a neighbour on the other side of the fence. It was only moments later Summer’s grandmother, Karen Moore, heard the screaming which sent her running from inside the house to find out what happened.
“Right away I knew that something had happened, so I went running out and the woman across the fence handed me Summer, I could see she was covered in blood,” says Moore. “She just said ‘a dog bit her’.”
Several neighbours came running to Moore’s aid, all three of them nurses at Kelowna General Hospital.
David Maynes-Tourond, who has worked in the emergency room of the hospital, described Summers wounds as severe.
“It was a head injury, so there was lots of blood,” he says.
"The laceration on the back of her head was fairly long and not in uniform shape, there was a curve on the top of her skull, it had folded over, her hair had folded into her scalp.”
Summer spent the night at the hospital and was released with her head bandaged on Tuesday morning.
“It doesn’t hurt anymore,” says the young girl.
“She is acting like nothing has ever happened, she is doing great,” explains a still shaken up grandmother.
The dog allegedly belonged to a neighbour, and Summer had played with the pup in the past. Castanet contacted dog control who reportedly attended the scene, but were unable to find the animal. An investigation is underway, however Moore believes the dog was relocated to Alberta.
“We assumed she was going up the stairs too fast and the dog was in a defensive mood, protecting his property and his family,” Moore says. “We really don’t know and the owners don’t really know what really happened.”
Now, this West Kelowna family is working together to ensure Summer makes a full physical recovery, but they're also hoping their child hasn’t been emotional scared by this traumatic experience.
“I don’t like mean dogs,” cries Summer.
“When this happened she asked for her own dog so there has been no repercussions so far,” adds Moore. “But I mean if anything does happen we will get her some counselling and get her some help.”
Summer is to get staples removed from her head next week, and will be reassessed at the time.