Continued appeal for information after four-year-old boy seriously injured by dog

Merseyside Police is continuing to appeal for information following an incident where a four-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog in Norris Green.

At around 7pm on Saturday 14 August, a four-year-old boy was attacked by a dog on Wellesbourne Place and remains in hospital receiving treatment. He is in a serious but stable condition.

The 31-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of an out-of-control dangerous dog causing injury has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The dog has been seized and work is ongoing to identify its breed.

Detective Inspector Neil Dillon said, “This was an horrendous attack on a four-year-old boy and it is only as a result of the swift actions of a brave neighbour that this young boy is still alive.

“The four-year-old has sustained significant injuries to his head and face.

“I would like to reassure everyone that we are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

“If you were in the area of Wellesbourne Place at around 7pm and witnessed anything, or have any information about the dog in question then please come forward speak to one of our officers.

“Our officers take the issue of dangerous dogs very seriously. Over the past years we have worked proactively with the five local authorities in Merseyside to ensure prohibited dogs are taken off the streets. 

“People who own or care for dogs should always make sure they are on a lead in public and should consider whether they need to be muzzled. It’s also a good idea to get your dog micro-chipped so that it can always be traced if it is lost, or escapes. 

“If you keep your dog in the garden, you must make sure that the fencing is properly maintained so they can’t escape.”

If you witnessed the incident or have any information, please contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 22000593253, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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