A four-year-old boy has been seriously injured after he was mauled by a dog at a property in Norris Green, Liverpool.
It’s believed the child went to visit a friend’s house when he was attacked by the bull mastiff-type dog in Wellesbourne Place on Saturday.
A brave neighbour who saw the incident stepped in and managed to fight the dog off the boy and got him to safety, police said.
He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
The dog has since been seized and a woman from Norris Green was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a dangerously out-of-control dog. She remains at a police station where she will be interviewed by officers.
Retired council worker Edward Currie, 84, said: “I saw the car leaving, then the ambulance. It arrived just as somebody was taking the boy to hospital. I think they just missed him.”
Detective Inspector Chris Hawitt, said: “This incident has left a young child with serious injuries to his face and head, and will have been an extremely distressing incident for all who witnessed it.
“I would like to commend the neighbour whose quick thinking and selfless swift actions have probably saved the life of this young boy, who has suffered life changing injuries.
“Our enquiries into the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing, and we have seized the dog for the safety of the community and to establish its breed.
We have a dedicated sergeant who reviews all cases concerning dangerous dogs, and are keen to speak to any witnesses who may have seen the incident or this dog on previous occasions.
“I want to emphasise that dog owners need to be mindful of their dogs’ behaviour at all times , particularly where young children may be around the dog. And if owners take their dogs into public spaces they should keep their pet on a lead and muzzled if it is liable to be aggressive.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 929 of 13 August or you can call or the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.