‘Blood everywhere’ as dog attacks schoolboy in field before owner runs off
An eight-year-old boy was mauled in the face by an Alsatian – before the dog’s owner ran off without even apologising.
Little Tommie Birchall was savaged by the beast as he walked home in Acton Trussell, Stoke, two weeks ago.
His furious mum Sarah told how the dog sprinted up to her son before nearly “ripping his nose off”.
She told Stoke Live : “Tommie was walking with his sisters Tiffiny, 14, and Emilie, 16, when he was attacked right outside our house.
"I was looking out of the window when I saw the dog run across the field and then jump straight at his face and bite it.
“He was screaming and everybody was heading over to help. The dog owner bundled the dog into a car and drove off up the lane – not a ‘sorry, oh my goodness, how is he?’ or anything!”
“It looked bad and there was blood everywhere. There were two puncture hole wounds on his nose and he had skin hanging off which I pushed back into place.
“It could have been worse, the dog could have ripped his nose off. If he was there on his own he could have been mauled to death or anything, it was only due to people pulling the dog off that it wasn’t worse.
“He loved dogs, that was his thing – he would speak to dogs and not people but now he’s terrified of them. He wouldn’t leave the house for a week, he didn’t go to school last week and is absolutely petrified.
“I want the owner to face any consequences, but unfortunately the poor dog will and I feel sorry for it, I’ve got three myself and we’re a family of dog lovers.
“I think it’s disgusting that the police haven’t done anything or been in touch, a court date could take months. Some neighbours have little children.”
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were contacted at 5pm on Tuesday, March 3, to a report of a dog bite incident in Dunston near Stafford.
“An eight-year-old boy was bitten by a dog, believed to be an Alsatian cross. He suffered facial injuries.
“Officers are carrying out inquiries, and anyone with any information can contact 101, quoting incident number 537 of March 3.”
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