POLICE are on the hunt for a vicious dog which savaged a Hartlepool schoolboy – leaving him in hospital for four days.
The 11-year-old boy was left with broken fingers and injuries to his hand which required surgery following the attack by the husky-type dog in the Throston area of town.
The youngster was walking to a friend’s house after being sent home from school during the bad weather last week when they spotted the dog as they cut through Tredegar Walk in the Throston area.
The dangerous animal – which has been described as a white, grey, and black husky-type breed wearing a black collar with spikes on – then bit the schoolboy on the hand.
His injuries were so severe that after initially attending the One Life Centre in Park Road, Hartlepool, he was sent to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where doctors performed an operation on his hand to repair the damage.
The boy was then forced to spend four days at the hospital being cared for by medics.
Today officers from Hartlepool Police appealed for the residents of the town to pass on any information about the owner of the hound to get in touch before anyone else is injured.
They would also like to speak to anyone who saw the incident, which happened at around 11.20am on Thursday, December 5.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for information after an 11-year-old boy was bit by a white, grey and black husky-type dog in Hartlepool.
“The boy was walking to a friend’s house after his school was closed by the severe weather.
“As they cut through Tredegar Walk in the town he was bit by the dog, which was on its own.
“The bite was serious and led to the child being hospitalised for four days.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact officers on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.