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A dad has praised the hero passer-by who rescued his 10-year-old daughter who was being mauled by a dog.

Franchesca Whitehead will be scarred for life after she was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier cross at the front door of a school friend’s house in Oldham .

The animal bit her arm and snapped at her head, dragging her around by her pony-tail.

A workmen who witnessed the attack sprang to her aid and beat the dog away from the shocked girl, who was taken to hospital.

The youngster suffered grazes, bruises and a gash to her elbow. She is now recovering at home.

Police were called to the scene of the attack on Dairy Street, Chadderton. just after 12pm on Wednesday and are now investigating.

It is understood the dog has been put down.

Franchesca’s dad, Anton, told the M.E.N: “She’s very upset and very sore. The dog pulled her by the pony-tail and pulled her across the ground.

“It could have been a lot worse. From what I gather he literally punched the dog away. I really thought this was going to be a fatality. The injury is horrific. If he hadn’t been there it could have been a lot worse.”

Mr Whitehead described how he was at home on nearby Kent Avenue when he got a call from the owner of the dog where Franchesca had been visiting a school friend.

He said: “The mother rang and said they’d phoned for an ambulance. I grabbed my son who was with me and we both travelled down. They have only just moved into that house.

"My daughter has gone to the front door and the dog has just pounced. The dog was in strange, unfamiliar surroundings. I’ve been told it’s always been brilliant with children.

"There’s no animosity at all. The owner is absolutely heart-broken. She really was. It was just one of them situations

“The dog was just trying to protect its own surroundings.”

Franchesca is now recovering at home although she is now nervous around the family pet, a shih tzu.

“She jumps when she hears a bark,” said Mr Whitehead.

Officers are due to speak to Franchesca and the dog owner before deciding what action, if any, they take, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police has confirmed.