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Girl, 5 mauled in dog attack

A FIVE-year-old girl who suffered severe facial injuries in a dog attack at Widgee is recovering after emergency plastic surgery.

It is believed the girl was visiting a Widgee home on Sunday when she suffered several bite marks to her face, leaving injuries to her nose, cheeks and lip.

Gympie Regional Council officers yesterday began an investigation into the incident, which occurred about 5pm Sunday on a private property on Gympie Woolooga Rd.

A worker at Widgee General Store said the girl and her mother were not locals.

The mother turned up at the shop seeking help in an area notorious as a mobile phone black spot.

"She was very upset and so were other kids in the car, so we called an ambulance," the worker said.

"There's not a lot we can say," deputy mayor Tony Perrett said yesterday. "It's being investigated."

Social wellbeing councillor Rae Gate said council officers would interview all parties involved "and hopefully we'll find out what really happened".

It is understood the girl's family took her to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane where surgery was performed yesterday.

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