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Heartbroken mum appeals for witnesses to terrifying dog attack on autistic son

An East Kilbride mum whose autistic son was left in agony after being attacked by a dog is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Ashleigh Black’s 11-year-old son, Kenzie, needed 14 stiches to a gaping wound after the savage and terrifying attack on July 17, with his nasty wound only just beginning to heal after becoming infected.

The schoolboy had to attend nurses appointments twice a week due to the severity of the bite wound.

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But, weeks on, Ashleigh says she feels Kenzie and the family have been let down by the authorities, with no action being taken against the dog’s owners.

The dog – thought to be a type of bull dog – was known to Kenzie, who was playing with friends in the vicinity of the owners’ Teal Crescent home when the attack happened.

Heartbroken mum appeals for witnesses to terrifying dog attack on autistic son
Kenzie was left with a gaping wound in his leg after the attack

But Ashleigh told Lanarkshire Live she feels she is being passed from pillar to post by South Lanarkshire Council’s (SLC) dog warden service and police.

She told us: “Kenzie has been left scared and won’t go out.

“He is really anxious at school and terrified of it happening again – it’s horrific.

“He will be left scarred physically and emotionally because of this.

Heartbroken mum appeals for witnesses to terrifying dog attack on autistic son
The wound became infected

“But I feel like nothing is being done. We know the dog and the family, so it’s not as if there is an issue of identification.

“Something needs to be done, but we really need witnesses to come forward for police to do anything, which is ridiculous.

“It’s absolutely breaking my heart – this has dragged out for far too long. We have been told that the dog has nipped other children in the area, so you’d think at the very least the authorities would enforce a muzzle being worn.”

On the day of the attack Kenzie had been playing near to his home in Mallard in the town’s Greenhills area.

Heartbroken mum appeals for witnesses to terrifying dog attack on autistic son
The wound is only starting to heal

Ashleigh added: “He knows the children who live in the same house as the dog, and he was in and out playing.

“The dog ran out of the house towards Kenzie, who ran. The dog chased him and then grabbed him and bit him on the leg.

“Kenzie managed to get away and ran screaming towards lock-ups to get away from it.”

Ashleigh is also keen to thank members of the public who stepped in to help a traumatised Kenzie on the day.

Heartbroken mum appeals for witnesses to terrifying dog attack on autistic son
Kenzie has now been left terrified to go out

She added: “I know there were four members of the public who attended to Kenzie before my partner, who was in the house, got there not long after the attack.

“We don’t know who they were, but I would really like to thank them as they did a great job at making Kenzie feel safe until my partner arrived and took him up to hospital.

“Now, we just really want a bit of closure and for Kenzie to see that something is being done about this.

“It’s just really overwhelming and upsetting for us all.

“I don’t seem to be getting anywhere with the police due to witnesses, and the dog wardens say due to the severity of the bite it’s a police matter and it would be unlawful to remove the dog.”

Lanarkshire Live reached out to the owners of the dog, which is believed to have been rehomed, but have yet to receive a response.

Police Scotland confirmed they were aware of the incident and say that enquiries are ongoing.

SLC were also contacted for comment but have yet to respond.

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