Girl, 11, mauled by crazed XL Bully reveals how she's 'too frightened to leave home' as she describes dog's savage attack on her and multiple other people

Girl, 11, mauled by crazed XL Bully reveals how she's 'too frightened to leave home' as she describes dog's savage attack on her and multiple other people

A brave schoolgirl who was savaged by a dangerous XL Bully dog in a ferocious rampage as terrified crowds fled the area said today: 'I'm now too frightened to leave home.'

Ana Paun, 11, told how the powerful breed of bulldog 'which was suffering from heat exhaustion' leapt up at her after lying unleashed in a Birmingham bus shelter as she walked home from buying sweets with her sister.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline today, traumatised Ana said: 'The dog just came at me out of nowhere.

'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.'

This comes as Home Secretary Suella Braverman has pushed for a ban on American bully XL dogs, arguing they are a 'clear and lethal danger', particularly to children, after the 'appalling' attack on Ana.

Ana added about the attack: '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 last night.

She said she has lived in the area for five-years but has never seen the dog before.

Cradling a bandaged left forearm, she added: 'I don't blame the dog but the owner did nothing at all when I was attacked. He just watched on and didn't attempt to stop it.

'I'm now too frightened to leave home and I'm very wary of dogs.

'The pain isn't too bad as I'm on antibiotics but I still feel really shaken up. I thought the dog might do more serious damage or worse, kill me. I'm really thankful to the people who helped me.'

Ana was one of three people bitten by the dog, two men were also attacked.

Her relieved mother, Monica, said a man who tried to help her daughter was chased into a neighbouring Texaco petrol station and left more seriously hurt.

She said: 'We bumped into him in hospital. He had a very serious bite wound to his upper arm.

'He lives near to us but I think he's still in hospital as his injuries are more severe. But I thanked him for helping to save my daughter.

'I don't want the dog to be destroyed, it's the owner who is at fault. They shouldn't be walking around with such a dangerous dog, especially one that isn't on a lead or muzzled.

'Ana is doing ok, she is a strong girl. We've had visits from friends and family, who have been worried sick. Ana's also been on FaceTime chats with her schoolmates to show them she's ok.

'I shudder to think what could have happened. It doesn't bear thinking about.

'I'm originally from Romania, where there are lots of stray dogs roaming the streets and there have been attacks on people. I've always been careful around them.

'I didn't expect my daughter to be seriously injured by one on the streets of Birmingham.'

A passenger on the top deck of a passing bus filmed the horrific attack on their mobile phone on Saturday afternoon.

The footage was uploaded onto social media and shows the muscular dog attack Ana as force her to the ground as onlookers scream.

A man is seen pulling the dog away from her as the XL Bully goes for another man in a white T-shirt and shorts who sprints onto a petrol station forecourt.

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