Evil computer games have made a dog attack a child, according to the Mail:
A terrified schoolgirl had her top lip torn off by a dog as she played with a computer game.
Megan Walker's family say a friend’s bull mastiff cross went berserk when it heard barking on a Nintendo DS game.
It dragged Megan, nine, off a sofa as she played the virtual pet puppy game Nintendogs.
The dog sank its teeth into her face, bit her several times and ripped off her top lip.
Quick-thinking police officers put the piece of lip on ice and surgeons were able to sew it back on.
'I think this game should carry some kind of warning,' said the girl’s grandma 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.'
This is one of those stories that fits neatly into the 'computers are evil' and 'scared of technology' narratives for the Mail. Imagine a game that makes dogs attack you, for no reason, with no provocation!
Ms Melville was unavailable for comment, but it is understood that she told police that Megan may have kicked Saracen and that is why he attacked her.
Ah. Well to be fair to the Mail, they did actually include that bit - albeit right at the bottom of the story. Still, a lot of readers won't have made it down there and might be convinced that it's computer games of doom that are definitely responsible for this dog attack.
Thanks to Chris for the spot!