Par­ents voice fears over dog af­ter son bit­ten

An­i­mal in­jured young­ster’s hand

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Jamie Mac­don­ald

A NORTH-EAST dad to­day warned par­ents to be on their guard af­ter his young son was at­tacked by a dog.

Seven-year-old Con­nor Milne was play­ing with a friend at a park in Cove when he was bit­ten on the hand.

The dog’s teeth punc­tured the skin and the young­ster was left in agony.

But his mum and dad Lynne and David are wor­ried some­one else could be more se­ri­ously hurt.

Con­nor was play­ing with a friend at Charleston Park, near his home on Charleston Cres­cent, when he went to pat the an­i­mal.

He said: “I was clap­ping the dog and I put my hand down when it bit me.

“It was re­ally sore. It put his teeth right through my skin. It was scary. I just ran home.”

The tip of Con­nor’s in­dex fin­ger and the bot­tom of his thumb were in­jured in the at­tack.

Dad David said: “Next time it could be a kid’s face. It will be a worry for par­ents around here that there is a dog go­ing about bit­ing kids.”

Con­nor’s par­ents were gar­den­ing when they saw him run into the street cry­ing. They took Con­nor to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary where doc­tors de­cided the best thing for the Charleston Pri­mary pupil was to let his wound re­cover nat­u­rally.

The fam­ily have a dog of their own, Tess, who Con­nor is used to han­dling.

Con­nor said: “I wouldn’t pat a dog I don’t know now.”

The at­tack took place at around 5.45pm on Satur­day and po­lice would like to hear from any­one who may know the owner of the an­i­mal which has been de­scribed as a small black, brown and white dog with a blue coloured lead.

The owner also had sec­ond dog which was black and a sim­i­lar size to a Labrador.

In­quiry of­fi­cer Pc Derek Bain said: “We are seek­ing the pub­lic's as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing the owner so that we can at the very least give some ad­vice in or­der to pre­vent a re-oc­cur­rence.”

SHOCK: Seven-year-old Con­nor Milne who suf­fered a dog bite to his hand, with mum Lynne.

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