Boy, 14, vic­tim of vi­cious dog at­tack

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Etken­m­cer­lain

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.


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