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Holiday chalets closed after dog attack on child

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 24/08/2007

The Ulster chalets where a young girl was mauled by two Rottweilers while on holiday have been shut down for the rest of the year.

Sophia Kimpton (6), from London, is recovering well in hospital after suffering 17 injuries, including lacerations and puncture wounds after the vicious attack.

She also sustained gashes to her head, back and arms.

The girl was set upon at the Conagher Self-Catering Chalets near Ballymoney, Co Antrim, on Tuesday.

She underwent plastic surgery in a Belfast hospital.

Following the incident the Northern Ireland Tourist Board confirmed yesterday that the holiday homes have now been removed from their promotional website, and will cease trading for the rest of the year.

A spokesman for the NITB said an investigation into how the attack occurred was taking place. As part of the investigation a board inspector will visit the accommodation next week.

The spokesman added that the NITB have also relocated the family to new accomodation near the hospital. The NITB will also write to 3,000 accommodation providers to remind them of their responsibilities.

The girl's father, Lawrence Beckett, said she had come through a terrible experience.

"She has come through a hell of an ordeal but she has had a better night's sleep and she has been great," he said.

The child's mother, Natasha, fought off the dogs during the incident near the self-catering chalets where they were staying. The farmer who owns the land had to shoot the frenzied animals dead.

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