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Girl bitten on her face by dog

A five-year-old girl has been bitten by a dog after it knocked her to the ground in West Lothian.

The girl was playing with two friends in a grassy area at Raeburn Rigg, Livingston, when the dog, which was off its leash, attacked her.

She was bitten on the forehead during Saturday morning's incident.

The dog's owner then walked off towards a bridge that leads to Sutherland Way. He was white, medium to large build, with black hair.

The man was wearing a green top.

His dog was a Staffordshire bull terrier, brown and black with white details, including a white spot around its eye.

Although it was not on a leash it was wearing a black harness.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "While the girl did not suffer serious injury she was still understandably distressed as a result of what happened, and we are appealing for any information that can assist us in tracing the dog owner.

"Anyone who was in the area of Raeburn Rigg around 10:00 on Saturday, who either saw what happened or who noticed the dog and its owner there, should contact police immediately.

"Anyone else who recognises the description of the man or the dog should also get in touch."

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