Boy, 4, seriously injured in vicious attack by bull mastiff-type dog while visiting friend's house
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: A four-year-old boy has been left with serious, life-changing injuries after being attacked by a dog in Liverpool. It is believed the boy went to visit a friend's house when he was attacked by the bull mastiff-type dog in Wellesbourne Place, Norris Green. A brave neighbor who saw the incident stepped in and managed to fight the dog off the boy and got him to safety, police said, according to the Mirror. The boy was rushed to a hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Merseyside Police confirmed a 31-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a dangerously out-of-control dog. She remains at a police station where she will be interviewed by officers. The dog has also been seized.
“This incident has left a young child with serious injuries to his face and head and will have been an extremely distressing incident for all who witnessed it. I would like to commend the neighbor whose quick thinking and selfless swift actions have probably saved the life of this young boy, who has suffered life-changing injuries" said detective inspector Chris Hawitt. “Our inquiries into the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing, and we have seized the dog for the safety of the community and to establish its breed. We have a dedicated sergeant who reviews all cases concerning dangerous dogs, and are keen to speak to any witnesses who may have seen the incident or this dog on previous occasions."
"I want to emphasize that dog owners need to be mindful of their dogs' behavior at all times, particularly where young children may be around the dog. And if owners take their dogs into public spaces they should keep their pet on a lead and muzzled if it is liable to be aggressive.” According to BBC News, it is also against the law in the UK to own pit bull terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogos Argentinos, and Fila Brasileiro.
MEAWW previously reported that Joanne Robinson, a mother of two, was mauled to death by her pet American Bully XL dog in West Melton, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, while her partner was left with life-changing injuries. She was pinned down by the jaws of the pet named Rocco after coming home from a night out. Jamie Stead, 42, suffered devastating injuries to his face, hands, and chest as he tried to pull the animal away from her and was recovering in hospital. He reportedly underwent skin grafting for the potentially life-changing injuries. Police in Rotherham took the dogs away following the fatal attack.