Boy, 4, injured in dog attack as hero neighbour fights beast & woman arrested

A YOUNG boy has suffered serious injuries after being mauled in a savage dog attack, but was saved from death by a hero neighbour who fought the beast off.

The unnamed four-year-old was taken to hospital and cops later confirmed that a 31-year-old woman had been arrested in connection with the horror attack.


The boy was attacked after visiting a friend’s house in Merseyside

Reports suggest that the boy, from Liverpool, has been visiting a friend’s house in Merseyside when he was set upon by a Bull Mastiff-type animal.

Police confirmed that he had suffered serious injuries and described his condition as “serious but stable.”

A statement from Merseyside Police said that the heroic actions of a neighbour, also unidentified, who fought the dangerous dog off, “probably” saved the child’s life.

They confirmed that the dog had been seized and a woman from the local area arrested on suspicion of having a dangerously out of control dog.

Detective Inspector Chris Hawitt encouraged dog owners to muzzle aggressive pets in public.

“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 neighbour whose quick thinking and selfless swift actions have probably saved the life of this young boy, who has suffered life-changing injuries.”

He added that officers were “keen” to speak to any witnesses.

The woman will be interview by detectives over the coming days.

DI Hawitt concluded: “I want to emphasise that dog owners need to be mindful of their dogs’ behaviour 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.”

Anyone with information about this case are advised to contact @MerPolCC on social media, call 101 citing reference number 929 of August 13, or call the independent charity Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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