Boy, 14, victim of vicious dog attack
A BRAVE teenage boy has been left walking on a crutch with multiple injuries after being mauled by a dog as he played football.
Kyle Fergus (14) was left in searing pain after having chunks of flesh bitten out of his left arm and leg by a brown pitbull dog, while he was playing football in the street at the junction of Glenton Street and Star Road, Peterborough, on Saturday evening.
It was around 5.30pm when the dog bounded towards him, grabbed his leg and hauled him to the floor.
The Ken Stimpson School pupil, of Glenton Street, was able to escape with the help of a passer-by who pulled the dog away.
He then hobbled home covered in blood before being taken by ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital where he underwent two operations to repair the damage and then to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for skin grafts.
Kyle has been left on a crutch with his left arm and leg bandaged and he does not know how long it will take to recover.
His mother Debbie Mort said the dog which attacked her son should be put down and has called for witnesses to the incident call the police.
Recalling the ordeal, Kyle said: “I was playing football when all of a sudden I saw a dog jump over a wall and run towards us.
“It came towards me and grabbed my leg and pulled me to the floor.
“The dog was really powerful and it pinned me down quickly.
“It then grabbed my arm and wouldn’t let go. The pain was horrible and I just wanted it to stop.
“Luckily a boy came running over to us and was able to pull the dog away and it ran off.
“I had to hobble home slowly and there was blood running down my arm and leg.
“My mum looked horrified to see me and was really panicking as I looked a state.”
Kyle said that he thought the dog may have been wearing a muzzle at the time of the attack and could also have had a lead attached.
He added: “There was no sign of the dog’s owner.
“It makes me angry that someone would let a dangerous dog off its lead like that.
“I feel okay now but I get frustrated when I can’t go and play outside with my mates.
“I’ve been out on walks and when I see a dog I start worrying that the same thing might happen.
“My injuries itch quite a lot too which is really annoying.”
Kyle’s mother Debbie Mort added: “I’m a dog owner and a dog lover but this is simply inexcusable and I feel very angry.
“The dog should be put down and it’s owner disciplined by the police because next time it could be a baby that it attacks.
“Seeing my son covered in blood and in agony is not something I want to go through again.
“I realise Kyle’s attack could have been worse, at least the dog didn’t bite his face.
“I’m also grateful to the boy who helped pull the dog away, things could have been worse if he hadn’t done that.
“I know that several people saw what happened and I would urge them to call the police.”
PC Dave Newnes, investigating, said: “This was a nasty attack and it is vital that we trace the animal responsible.”
Anyone with any information should call PC Newnes on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
BRAVE BOY: Teenager Kyle Fergus is recovering after being attacked by a dog while he played football.
The injuries suffered by Kyle Fergus to his left arm and left leg.