Boy, 3, rushed to hospital after being mauled by French Mastiff while playing tennis
The three-year-old boy was taken to A&E after being attacked by a dog while playing tennis with his mum at a popular park in Stoke-on-Trent – police are now trying to track down the dog’s owner
A three-year-old boy was taken to A&E after being mauled by an out-of-control French Mastiff in a popular park.
The youngster was playing tennis with his mum when he was bitten on the arm and shoulder.
Police are now trying to track down the owners of the dog responsible for the vicious attack in Burslem Park, Stoke-on-Trent.
The three-year-old, who was taken to hospital with cuts, also had his shirt ripped apart during the ordeal.
A Staffordshire police spokesman said: “We are currently investigating an incident where a three-year-old boy was bitten by a dog at Burslem Park.
“The owners of the dog have been described as white,” Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
“The man was wearing a red jacket, a baseball cap and shorts and the woman was wearing a grey Adidas hoodie. The boy was taken to A&E with cuts.”
It is the second time a child is attacked by a dog in Stoke-on-Trent in just a few months.
The Mirror reported at the end of July that a 12-year-old had been taken to hospital after being savagely attacked by two Cane Corso/American Bulldog crossed.
The boy suffered injuries on his face, back, chest and legs when he was mauled by the dogs while playing in a garden at a friend’s house.
A neighbour who lives on the street where the attack took place told the Mirror she saw the end of the incident.
She said: “The boy was out on the trampoline when the dogs savaged him. These are really big Cane Corso dogs.
“A man was walking past when he heard the little boy screaming and saved his life.
“As he tried to tackle the dogs he was bitten on his leg, arm and hand and I heard him shouting.
“What he did was pretty brave.”
The owner of the dogs reportedly apologised to the boy’s family, who do not blame her for the devastating attack.
Both dogs have been put down and she has been fined £500.
Anyone with any information about the latest dog attack should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 521 of August 29.