The boy was reportedly savaged by an XL American Bully in West Midlands. Shocked witnesses told how the boy ran past the dog towards his dad when the animal suddenly leapt at him. The incident happened shortly before 11.30am today, the police have said. A supermarket worker who saw the incident claimed that the dog belonged to a homeless man who often sat outside the shop entrance.
The man, however, told reporters at the scene that his 11-month-old pet called Donnie had only given the boy a “graze”.
The four-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment with no life-changing or life-threatening injuries, the West Midlands Police confirmed.
Sergeant Robert Pritchard, from Wolverhampton Police, said: “The child was taken to hospital for treatment but his physical injuries are not believed to be life-changing and we wish him well for a speedy recovery.
“He must have been very frightened.
“The dog, thought to be an American Bully XL, was seized by officers at the scene and is now being looked after in our kennels.
“Its breed will be confirmed as part of our investigation.
“We have the owner’s details and have already spoken to them. We will be in regular contact with them and the boy’s family.”
A supermarket worker said: “There’s a homeless man who always sits by the supermarket with his dog. It just went for the kid as he ran past.
“There were a couple of police cars, a paramedic and an ambulance here.
“It looked nasty. He was just a little lad and the dog was much bigger than him.
“He got bitten on his upper leg from what I understand.”
The owner of the dog, however, denied that his animal had bitten the boy.
He claimed that his dog “never misbehaves”.
He added: “The kid has come running down and startled Donnie. Donnie jumped up and knocked him over. It wasn’t a bite – it’s a graze.
“The police have got my dog. They have said I’ll get him back in a couple of weeks if he behaves himself.
“I couldn’t be any more apologetic.”
Published at Wed, 11 Aug 2021 15:54:00 +0000