A TEENAGE girl that was subject to a vicious dog attack is now ‘traumatised’ according to her family.

Leigha East, from Rayne, was attacked by a pair of dogs whilst walking to her boyfriend’s house in Great Notley.

The 16-year-old was heading to meet her boyfriend’s sister, and on Chestnut Avenue, was victim to a savage attack by two dogs.

Leigha’s nan Marie said: “She was walking on the opposite side of the road, and the door was open on a house.

“The dogs were standing by the door, we don’t know the dog owners, but she just thought they were going to cross the road to her to say hello like anybody would.

“But they came running through the cars and attacked her.”

Leigha suffered a two inch gash on her right thigh, along with puncture wounds on her left thigh and on her arm.

She went to A&E following the incident and is still full of bruises from where the dogs were biting at her legs.

Marie added that Leigha is now traumatised from the event and now needs to have someone with her when walking the same route.

She said: “One of us now has to take her when she goes to her boyfriend’s house.

“We are just trying to stay away from the house and the dog owners and leaving it to the police.

“But the sad part is that it has traumatised her.

“We all have dogs, so she is fine with our own dogs, but when she sees a dog in the street now, she backs away.”

The incident was reported to the police, who have said that enquires are ongoing.

A Essex Police spokesman said: “We are investigating following an incident where it was reported a 16 year-old girl was bitten by a dog.

“It happened in Chestnut Avenue, Great Notley at around 5.20pm on 20 April.

“Our enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

“We need anyone who saw anything or has any CCTV, dash came, or doorbell footage to contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact the police, quoting the crime reference number 42/98931/22.

Live reports can be submitted online at essex.police.uk or by using the ‘Live Chat’ button and speaking to an online operator between 7am to 11pm.

Call the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.