Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain stated she was ‘very shocked’ after witnessing her friend’s eight-year-old daughter being assaulted by a dog.
The 48-year-old TV celebrity was apparently strolling with her own child and the eight-year-old girl when the cat escaped from a neighbouring yard and knocked her over and bit her.
Hawkins stated that she had told the youngster that the barking dogs would be unable to escape before the ‘shocking’ time.
‘The experience shook me deeply,’ she said.
‘It’s a problem we must tackle. Seeing my friend’s daughter being attacked by a big dog was shocking and scary. It showed me how quickly something like that can happen,’ she added to The Mirror.
‘The two big dogs were barking aggressively. I was saying, ‘Don’t worry, they won’t be able to get out’. But one of the dogs did get out.”’
Fortunately, the child recovered after receiving medical treatment, but Charlotte said she has never looked at dog owners the same way since.
Hawkins will star in the upcoming ITV show Dangerous Dogs: What’s the Truth? to investigate the rising incidence of dog attacks.
According to ITV, there were a record number of fatalities from such attacks last year.
Royal Mail stated earlier this month that dog assaults on postal workers had increased to over 2,000 documented instances by 2022.
Royal Mail reported 1,916 dog assaults on postal workers in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023.
Hawkins, a supporter of the Dogs Trust organisation, says assaults are unexpected, especially given that dogs are typically beloved parts of the family, with roughly 13 million in the UK.
Dangerous Dogs: What’s The Truth? airs tonight Thursday at 8.30pm on ITV.
Source My Celebrity Life.