Nintendogs blamed for attack on child

By the Daily Mail, shockingly. 

Popular puppy sim Nintendogs has been blamed for an attack on a child by her family dog.

Nine year-old Megan Walker was playing the game when the dog, a bull mastiff named Saracen, dragged her off the couch. He then bit her face and ripped off her top lip.

According to the Daily Mail, the sound of in-game puppies barking set the dog off. Walker was taken to hospital and surgeons were able to re-attach her lip.

"I think this game should carry some kind of warning," said her grandmother, Jean Taylor.

"People should be told not to play it when there are dogs in the room. I blame the game for what happened to Megan. If they hadn't been playing it I don't think the dog would have gone for her."

Inspector Phil Spurgeon said, "This was a really nasty incident but one which falls outside of the law. The dog in question was not a banned breed and the incident happened in a private address, not in public.

"The owner signed the dog over for destruction and it has now been put down by a vet."

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