Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

Dog lunges at boy and tears chunk from his back during horror attack in park

A dog ran at an eight-year-old boy in a park and launched a vicious attack, tearing a chunk of skin from his back.

Katie Bradshaw’s son Noah was out with family and friends in Abney Hall Park, Cheadle, Greater Manchester, when he was approached by a German shepherd.

The dog jumped on the boy after he turned around and began biting – leaving Noah “hysterical”.

Katie told the Manchester Evening News: "He has pulled up his top and the owner said it was only a scratch. Then he ran off with the dog.

“We took him to A&E. He’s on really strong antibiotics and has to have community nurses come and re-dress it. I am livid.”

Noah’s friends said the attack lasted for five to seven seconds.

He put his hand out for the dog to stop before the owner managed to get it off.

Noah, who goes to Cheadle Heath Primary School, has shown signs of shock since being discharged from hospital.

Katie, who has two other children, added: “I am worried for him as he is so outgoing. He said to me, ‘Mum I am not cold, but I can’t stop shaking’.

“If he had done something to antagonise the dog, I could [understand], but he was walking away from it.”

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Asked if she had a message for the owner, Katie said: “Come forward, coward.

“How would you like it if it was your son?

“How dare he leave my son wounded? What a cowardly thing to do.

"He is a fully grown man, I think it’s absolutely disgusting.

“Noah is petrified. We as a family will not stop until he is found, we will go to the lengths we need to to find him and have him named and shamed.”

The incident has been reported to Greater Manchester Police, but no arrests have been made.

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