Nintendogs blamed for dog attack, 9-year-old's lip torn off

Schoolgirl’s lip torn off by Bullmastiff while playing a Nintendo DS

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A large portion of 9-year-old Megan Walker’s upper lip was torn off after a Bullmastiff mauled her while playing Nintendogs on her Nintendo DS. According to Walker’s family, the dog went berserk when it heard the sound of barking from the game, reports the Daily Mail.

Fortunately, police officers were quick to put the torn piece of Walker’s lip on ice and doctors managed to re-attach it at Manchester Children’s Hospital during a 2-hour surgery. The Bullmastiff, Saracen, has been put to sleep by a vet after the owner signed it over for destruction.

“I think this game should carry some kind of warning. People should be told not to play it when there are dogs in the room.  I blame the game for what happened to Megan. If they hadn’t been playing it I don’t think the dog would have gone for her,” said the Walker’s grandmother, Jean Taylor.

The vicious attack occurred at the Melville’s residence down the street from Walker’s home where she was staying while her mother was out of the country on holiday. However, according to the Daily Mail, “Ms. Melville was unavailable for comment, but it is understood that she told police that Megan may have kicked Saracen and that is why he attacked her.”

Sep 29, 2010