A SCHOOLBOY was mauled in a horror dog attack – the second in a city in hours.
Rescue workers rushed to a house in Worcester after receiving frantic calls that a nine-year-old boy had been attacked yesterday afternoon.
He was taken to hospital with a serious leg injury and remained there this morning.
It came just hours after a woman suffered “potentially life-threatening injuries,” while two other men were also injured.
West Mercia Police said: “Yesterday morning we reported that a 68-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man had been injured by a family pet at a home on Boughton Avenue in Worcester.”
“We are shocked and saddened to report that later that same day there was a second, unrelated incident in which a 9-year-old boy suffered a serious leg injury at a private address on Portefields Road in the city, which was caused by caused a dog.”
“Officials were called to the incident just before 5pm yesterday. The child was taken to the hospital by his family, where he is being treated.”
“The dog was recovered by officers and is secured in kennels.”
In light of the horrific incidents, Superintendent Rebecca Love said: “Both incidents will have been incredibly traumatic to the families involved and we wish all three of those injured a safe and speedy recovery.”
“A formal process needs to be completed with a qualified veterinarian to determine the breed of the dogs involved and that work is ongoing.”
“Nobody expects a beloved family pet to become aggressive and injure their owner or anyone else, but it’s important to remember that any dog can bite. If you are concerned about your dog’s behavior we recommend that you contact your local veterinarian for advice and support.
“If you are genuinely concerned that a dog has gotten dangerously out of control, has bitten a person or other animal, or is likely to do so, you can contact us.”