Op for dog attack boy

A police officer with the dog
A police officer with the dog

A YOUNGSTER mauled by a dog in a street has had to undergo surgery for a “deep” wound to his leg.

The three-year-old boy was rushed to hospital following the attack by the animal at the junction of Clifton Avenue and Eltringham Road, in Hartlepool,

Police say the little boy is still in hospital after having to have an operation for a wound to his leg.

The owner of the dog, who was arrested for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place causing injury, was also re-arrested for being in possession of a dangerous dog.

The 23-year-old man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

The dog has also been handed over to the police and once its breed has been properly identified it is expected to be put to sleep.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “The little boy is in hospital and has had an operation for a deep wound to his leg.

“The dog has been seized by police and the owner has signed it over.

“The owner was arrested after the incident and re-arrested yesterday for being in possession of a dangerous dog. He has been bailed.”

The dog was believed to have been on a small green area on Tuesday, at 3pm, when it jumped over the fence and attacked the youngster, who is believed to have been in the care of a child-minder at the time.

Police and ambulances were on the scene within minutes and the boy was rushed to hospital where he remains.