Mother Shares Attack
South Shields, UK - In yet another UK Stafforshire bull terrier attack, a nine-year-old boy had the right side of his cheek bitten off just minutes after playing with the pet dog in South Shields. The youngster was rushed to South Tyneside District Hospital where his wounds were bandaged up. His mum told the Gazette: "I can't believe it, we're just in complete shock. He's all bandaged up right now so I haven't seen his injuries, but I can't bear to look." She added:
"He was just out in the street playing with the dog and chasing it with his friends. But he tripped over and the dog went over to him and started mauling his face. "
The boy, who is still in shock, is due to see a specialist surgeon at the University Hospital of North Durham. The dog apparently belongs to a family friend, who is said to be "seriously concerned" about the boy's injuries. Police are investigating the attack, and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control. Inspector John Bent said: "It is believed [his] dog was in the street and it has attacked a nine-year-old boy."