Police hunt for man after his dog bites four-year-old boy's face

Police hunt for man after his dog bites four-year-old boy's face

A dog owner in England walked away after his Staffordshire bull terrier attacked a four-year-old boy, leaving him with serious injuries to his face.

Police described the man's actions as "staggering" and said the young victim required plastic surgery and may be scarred for life.

The child was bitten as he walked with his mother and siblings along a footpath near Tilehurst Place in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, at about 12.30 pm on Sunday.

Sergeant Andrew Bryan, of the Stoke South Local Policing Team, said: "We are keen to trace the dog and its owner as soon as possible.

"The fact the owner walked off without offering to help the boy and his mother is staggering. We need to find this dog quickly so we can prevent it biting other innocent people."

The owner, whose brown terrier was not on a lead, is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, and was wearing black trainers, grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoodie or coat.

More in this Section

Strega Nona author Tomie dePaola dead at age 85Strega Nona author Tomie dePaola dead at age 85

New York governor begs for help amid ‘staggering’ death tollNew York governor begs for help amid ‘staggering’ death toll

UN chief says initial coronavirus cases in Syria just ‘tip of the iceberg’UN chief says initial coronavirus cases in Syria just ‘tip of the iceberg’

Grandfather, 82, returns home after recovering from Covid-19Grandfather, 82, returns home after recovering from Covid-19


Lifestyle

This week we had a lockdown birthday party, too much TV and a reminder from Joe Wicks that I’m 53Learner Dad: What I learned from week two on lockdown

It’s amazing what you become thankful for when you go down with suspected coronavirus and enter self-isolation, says Ella Walker.10 things self-isolation makes you really appreciate

Suddenly those Facebook groups are a godsend…Social media can be a true support in isolation – here’s how

If isolation means your locks are already out of control, it might be time to take matters into your own hands, says Prudence Wade.Everything you need to know about cutting your hair at home

More From The Irish Examiner