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Couple tell of how a £2,000 Turkish holiday turned into a nightmare when their four-year-old daughter was mauled by large stray dog

  • Catherine Craig, 41, Patrick, 48, and Naomi, four, flew to Ephesus, Turkey
  • They visited the private beach by their hotel when a black dog lunged at Naomi 
  • The animal clamped its teeth onto the child, and Mrs Craig was injured fighting it
  • The family had to go to three different hospitals due to the language barrier before Naomi’s cut was finally treated 

A couple revealed how their holiday turned into a nightmare when their four-year-old daughter was mauled by a stray dog at the beach.

Catherine Craig, 41, husband Patrick, 48, and daughter Naomi, who live in Yorkshire, flew to Ephesus, Turkey on a £2,000 TUI Family Life resort break. 

The family-of-three visited the private beach opposite their hotel when a large black dog approached them and lunged at Naomi, clamping its teeth on her shoulder, leaving her with an inch and a half inch gash, the family revealed.

Horrified Mrs Craig said she went to pull the animal off her daughter – and was herself bitten in the struggle.

Catherine Craig, 41, husband Patrick, 48, and four-year-old Naomi flew to Ephesus, Turkey on a £2,000 TUI Family Life resort break (pictured: Catherine Craig with Naomi in Ephesus)

Mrs Craig was bitten when she tried to pull the animal away from her daughter

A large black dog approached them and lunged at Naomi, clamping its teeth on her shoulder

A large black dog approached the family and lunged at Naomi, clamping its teeth on her shoulder. Mrs Craig was also bitten when she tried to pull the animal away from her daughter (pictured left: Mrs Craig’s bruised arm after the incident. Right: Naomi)

She said: ‘A large dog approached us and at first I thought it belonged to somebody on the beach.

‘But then it got really close to us and it had a gash over its eye.

‘Naomi turned round and it clamped onto her shoulder blade.’

Clothing manufacturer Mrs Craig said: ‘I grabbed the dog and it bit me on the front of my shoulder.

‘Naomi was inconsolable, it was horrible.

‘But the worst thing was the worry afterwards about what could have happened, whether the cut was infected.’

Four-year-old Naomi Craig was 'inconsolable' after she was bitten by the animal, her mother said

Four-year-old Naomi Craig was ‘inconsolable’ after she was bitten by the animal, her mother said

The family had to go to three different hospitals due to the language barrier before Naomi's cut was finally treated (pictured: Patrick Craig, 48, and daughter Naomi)

Patrick Craig, 48, and daughter Naomi

The family had to go to three different hospitals due to the language barrier before Naomi’s cut was finally treated (pictured: Patrick Craig, 48, and daughter Naomi)

The family revealed they had to go to three different hospitals due to the language barrier before Naomi’s cut was finally treated.

They returned to the hospital for the cut to be checked twice more during their week’s stay.

Mrs Craig, of Gilberdyke, East Riding, said: ‘It ruined our holiday for us. That was the only trip we had booked this year.

Mrs Craig, of Gilberdyke, East Riding, said: 'It ruined our holiday for us. That was the only trip we had booked this year' (pictured: Mrs Craig's arm)

Mrs Craig, of Gilberdyke, East Riding, said: ‘It ruined our holiday for us. That was the only trip we had booked this year’ (pictured: Mrs Craig’s arm)

‘Every day was a write-off with trips back and forth to the hospital.

‘We got home and felt like we hadn’t had a holiday.’

The mother-of-one was also left terrified that they would have contracted rabies from the dog.

Mrs Craig added: ‘I went to my GP and just cried. I was saying, ”I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, am I supposed to just hope that we don’t get rabies and die?” ‘ 

A spokesman from TUI said: ‘We are sorry to hear of this incident.

‘Our teams in resort work hard to keep our customers safe on their holidays, but we cannot guarantee that the local dogs will stay off the beaches.

‘However, we understand the service Naomi and her family received following the incident did not match the high standards we aim for, and we will therefore be in touch with the customers to apologise and offer a gesture of goodwill.

‘The safety and wellbeing of our customers is always our highest priority.’

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