An eight-month-old baby was sleeping in her pram when a dog jumped up and savaged her hand.
Terrified mum Jorja Wright used a nappy to stem the blood pouring from the wound before rushing her to hospital.
Jessica Rider was in her pushchair when the dog sunk its teeth into her hand on October 9, reports Plymouth Live.
Jorja, 24, was walking near a Lidl in Plymstock when the attack happened, and to Jorja’s disbelief, the owners of the dog didn’t stop walking or check if her baby was okay.
The mum, who works part-time as a barmaid, said: “The dog jumped at the side of the pram and grabbed her hand.
“They [the owners] pulled the dog off of Jess, they weren’t going to stop – they said sorry and carried on walking.
“I tried to get them to stop – they gave me a Plymstock number but they wouldn’t give me names, they said to wait until I contacted them.
“Jess was screaming – the dog had bit her middle finger and index finger, it was bleeding everywhere. I put a nappy around it to stem it.”
Jorja drove Jessica to the Cumberland Centre where she was immediately seen to and given an iodine wrap and a large bandage which had to be changed every two days.
But the following Wednesday, Jorja took Jessica to the hospital because she’d been groggy, where it was discovered she’d contracted an infection and had to go on antibiotics.
“She’s been okay in herself and she’s been fine with our dogs,” added Jorja, who lives in Plymstock.
“I would just like [the owners] to be more aware that their dog should have a muzzle on. If Jess had been walking it could have been a lot worse.”
Jorja added that the dog was a brown and black terrier and that it was on a lead at the time.
A Devon and Cornwall spokesperson said: “On Tuesday 9 October between 1 and 2pm a child was bitten by a dog on Stanborough Road. The investigation is ongoing to locate the dog owners.”