Great Britain

Boy, 4, savaged by dog and left covered in blood with part of his lip missing in attack at pal’s home

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy has been left with severe facial injuries after being mauled by a dog at a friend's house.

Leon Lawlor was left covered in blood and needing surgery after being attacked in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday.

His furious mum, Chloe Cyples, has called for the dog to be put down.

Leon has been left with a bite mark below his eye and part of his lip missing.

His family now face an anxious wait to find out whether he will need reconstruction surgery.

Leon was attacked after going to a friend's house to play in the paddling pool on Saturday afternoon.

When he needed the toilet, he went indoors and was attacked by the dog
in the utility room.

Mum-of-two Chloe, 22, from Meir, said: "The next thing I knew his friend's dad was knocking on the door with my son in his arms, bleeding from the face.

"When I opened the door and saw my son with blood all over his face I
was heartbroken. I was angry and shocked.

"I rang an ambulance straight away. I feel guilty that I wasn't there for my boy."

Leon was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where he was accompanied by his dad Jordan Lawlor, 26.

He had surgery on Sunday.

Staffordshire Police visited the hospital at 10pm on Saturday to take pictures of Leon's injuries.

Chloe said: "The police asked us what we wanted to do about the dog and whether we wanted to prosecute the owners or put the dog down.

"We said we want to prosecute and have the dog put down because of the
injuries inflicted on my son.

“I saw the dog the next day on my estate walking down the road and I was not happy.

"The police should have done way more. If it could do that to Leon it could do it to another child.

"But the police have said they will not be putting the dog down. I don't see how they can say the dog is not dangerous when it has done that to my son.

"We are reliving the same nightmare everyday. Being a mum you just want to be able to protect your child and if there is a dog like that walking about then it is not safe. I am so upset and extremely disappointed in the police."

Staffordshire Police said they were notified of the attack at 7.30pm on Saturday.

A spokesman for the force said: "The dog has been re-homed. Our inquiries are ongoing and the owner is due to be spoken to."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a boy being bitten by a dog.

"An ambulance was sent to the scene. A child was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital."

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