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These are the sickening dog bite injuries that little Tillie Vasey was left with as she innocently played out in her favourite blue princess dress. The Preston primary school pupil's skull was partially exposed, with puncture wounds around her eyes and eyelid and a torn tearduct when a pitbull type dog savaged her. The four year-old endured nine hours of surgery, before a further two operation and a fourth planned this year, and has missed school activities and trips due to her eye injuries. While most members of society would be horrified at the schoolgirl's ordeal, unsympathetic dog owner Dawn Holt wrote on social media: "It's her own fault she gone that low." Dog owner Dawn Holt's post on Facebook Holt's dog attacked the four year old as she played her friends in a garden in Ribbleton. Today Tillie's mum Leanne, who was pregnant with her third child when the tragedy happened, said: "When I first saw Tillie I thought someone had painted her face - then I couldn't move. "I just froze, I didn't know what to do. We called an ambulance but we couldn't wait, we rushed her there in the car." Tillie had a nine hour operation Judge Simon Newell ordered the 12 year old pitbull type dog, Caesar, to be destroyed, and banned her from keeping dogs for life This was Tillie Vasey before the incident Nine days after the attack, kind friends and neighbours had a 2.2-mile sponsored walk around Moor Park to raise money to buy toys to cheer Tillie up Around 50 adults and children took part Tillie with her brother Leo on the sponsored walk Tillie's mum Leanne said "She's been left with no confidence, she was always really bubbly. It's left her with scars on her head and face and eye problems." The family have released harrowing pictures of Tillie's injuries to raise awareness of the risks posed by out-of-control pets, and the importance of responsible dog ownership. Holt's bizarre online comments in the aftermath of the attack attracted criticism from a judge, who imposed a three month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and 140 hours unpaid work. He also pointed out suggestions in social media posts that what happened was the youngsters's fault were "wholly irresponsible". He added: "I'm sorry", that's all you needed."