Monday 18 December 2017

Boy (2) has surgery after horror attack by Staffordshire bull terrier

Emma Hallett

A TWO-year-old boy viciously attacked by a dog has undergone surgery after one of his ears and part of his nose were torn off.

It is believed the boy, named locally as Keiron Guess, also had serious damage to one of his eyes.



The toddler was found in a neighbour's back garden by his grandfather - who suffered an injury to his arm while trying to fight the Staffordshire bull terrier off.



Dave Guess, 49, had rushed to help his grandson at the terraced house in Swanage Walk, Swindon, after he heard screaming.



The youngster's other grandfather, Shaun Leonard, told The Sun: "The dog bit off most of his nose. His left eye was hanging out. His face was in two bits but they have stitched him together. They put him in an induced coma after the surgery."



Two air ambulances were flown to the incident at about 6pm on Sunday along with two road ambulances, a rapid response unit and two doctors.



The boy was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.



Police said the toddler's parents, named locally as Stacey and Anthony, were at their son's bedside.



A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman said two dogs were at the house but only one was involved in the attack.



It is understood the dog has since been put down.



No-one has been arrested in connection with the attack, the force added.



A police spokeswoman said: "Police in Swindon are investigating a dog attack where a two-year-old boy was left with serious facial injuries.



"At approximately 6pm on Sunday June 3, the two-year-old boy was found injured in a neighbour's garden, after being attacked by a dog.



"The boy was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with serious facial injuries and is in a stable condition. His parents and family are with him.



"A 49-year-old man was also injured and received treatment at hospital for an injury to his arm which is not serious."



The owner of the dogs are understood to be fully co-operating with the police.



The owner has been named in reports as Garfield King, who told The Sun: "I was watching the Jubilee on the television. I heard squeaking and went outside.



"The dog looked like he was playing with something. I thought it was a dolly at first. Then I saw it was a baby. I'm still in shock."



A witness, who did not want to be named, told the BBC: "My wife was on the computer and she heard this scream, 'Where is he, where is he?'."



"The grandfather carried him out and he was just limp. There was blood all over his face."



Investigating officers have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to contact police.

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