Woman almost killed as Rottweilers dragged her off bike embraces scars decade on

A pair of vicious Rottweilers left a ten-year-old girl needing a metal plate in her face and stitches all over her body.

Rhianna Kidd hit headlines in 2010 for surviving a savage dog attack which changed her life forever.

With new research suggesting Brits are increasingly concerned about dangerous pets, the now 21-year-old reveals the lasting impact of being dragged from her bicycle by two beasts.

Theatre student Rhianna from Dundee explained at the time how she was checking traffic before crossing the road en route to her granny's house.

"Then I saw the dog, and it and another one circled me. I pedalled my bike really fast. They were growling at me. One started barking and then it grabbed me off my bike," she told BBC News in 2010.

Rhianna added: "One of the dogs was dragging me along the road. They were biting me."

Brave Irene told the Daily Record in 2016 how she punched and kicked the dogs until they released their grip.

She said: "They really wanted to get to her and rushed back in every time I kicked out. She was covered in blood. I thought she was going to die.

"All the time, there was one dog in front and one behind following us and they were growling and showing their teeth. It was terrifying. They were so big."

The devastating damage included a twice-broken jaw, a partly chewed off left ear and severe gashes which required hundreds of stitches at Ninewells Hospital, to her face, neck, arms and legs.

The dogs were destroyed.

Now Rhianna who underwent several operations to have a metal plate fitted to her jaw and plastic surgery on her leg, has reflected on her recovery since the horrifying incident.

She told the Daily Star: "Physically for a while I obviously had a lot of scarring. I had a lot of stitches in and I got surgery again a few years later when I was 13 on my jaw.

"I remember I was in primary sixth when it happened it was a weird adjustment coming in with injuries and bandages on.

"But I had a really good support system of family and friends so in a way I wanted to show them off because I was really brave and did this brave thing.

It has been important for Rhianna growing up to not let the attack define who she is or even bring down her confidence.

Instead the countless injuries left on August 29 2010 are something she has embraced.

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She continued: "In relation to the scars and how people are going to perceive you physically, as long as you own it then it's a cool thing, no one's going to judge you for it.

"There's a lot of them I've got them on my arm, my neck my face, my leg. I think in some ways they're pretty cool and I look at them as battle scars.

"Some people ask what the scars are because obviously they're on show quite a lot when I perform but I try not to mention it unless someone mentions it first.

Rhianna admits that while her physical wounds are daily reminders of the 11am attack that day, she counts herself lucky in terms of her mental response to it.

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That does not mean however that over a decade on that she will not have the odd "wobble".

Rhianna said "There's times where I'll see a dog that's not on a lead and you know I might be a bit wary but I've never been traumatised by it or had PTSD or anything.

"Even ten, eleven years on there's still times where it might hit you and you have a wobble now and again but you will be fine eventually."

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Kennel manufacturer Benchmark Kennels found there has been a surge of 51% in online searches for dog bite lawyers and searches for dog attacks have soared by 54% within a year.

Rhianna would like there to be platform for dog attack victims to support one another. She commented: "Obviously I'm very sympathetic as we're all in the same boat, I wish there was a way we could connect and offer advice to each other."

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