A young boy has been seriously injured after being attacked by a dog in Liverpool.
He was visiting a friend at Wellesboune Place in Norris Green when the animal suddenly approached.
A neighbor down the street heard the commotion and rushed outside to bravely pull the dog from the four-year-old boy.
The child was taken to hospital, where his condition was described as serious but stable.
He has sustained life-changing injuries, police say, with his face and head being the most affected.
A 31-year-old woman from Norris Green has been arrested on suspicion of owning a dangerously runaway dog.
Merseyside Police Detective Inspector Chris Hawitt said: “This incident left a young child with serious injuries to the face and head and will have been an extremely distressing incident for all who witnessed it.
“I want to commend the neighbor whose quick thinking and selfless quick action likely saved the life of this little boy who sustained life-changing injuries.
“Our investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing and we have confiscated the dog for community safety and the establishment of his breed.
“We have a dedicated sergeant who reviews all dangerous dog cases and would like to speak to any witnesses who have seen the incident or this dog on previous occasions.
“I would like to emphasize that dog owners must be aware of their dogs’ behavior at all times, especially when small children are around the dog.
“And when owners take their dogs out in public, they should keep their pet on a leash and muzzled if it might be aggressive.”
The dog was confiscated after the incident.
On Friday, a man lost his life after being bitten to death by a dog in Fareham, Hampshire.
The 34-year-old was attacked in broad daylight in a city park.
His family has been informed and he has not yet been named by the police.
Just a week earlier, a child was left with life-changing injuries after being bitten by a dog in an attack just ten miles from Fareham.
The three-year-old was attacked in the city of Havant.
She was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital for treatment, where her injuries were described as life-changing.
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