Boy almost blinded by dog
A CHILD came millimetres away from being blinded after being attacked by a dog in his garden.
Five-year-old James Martin was playing football with his brother on Tuesday at his home in Hunsbury Close, Whittlesey.
When he went to pick the ball up from the other side of the fence the Labrador cross breed, owned by the next door neighbour, jumped up and bit him on the face, cutting him under the eye and mouth.
The New Road Primary School pupil suffered four puncture marks to his face, including one just millimetres from his right eye.
The dog has now been removed by the neighbour and is being looked after by a new owner in Milton Keynes.
Since the attack, Accent Nene Housing has also replaced the fencing
James’ father, Colin said: “We have been reporting the dog to Nene Housing before this incident. It is a dangerous dog and this shows it. My son is lucky not to have been nearly blinded.”
Michelle, James’ mother, added: “We have been asking for the fence to be replaced since December.
“It has now been replaced since the attack but this is too little, too late.
“My son is very lucky he has not been blinded.
“He has been back out in the garden but he won’t go near the fence.
“We have seen the dog playing with children next door and we don’t know what happened on Tuesday. It seems like James was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“But it shows all dogs can bite, not just the ones on the dangerous dog list, like Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
“The doctor has said James could have a permanent scar under his lip.”
The owner of the dog, who wished to remain anonymous, said the incident was completely out of character for the pet.
She said: “The dog has never done anything like this before. We have had him since he was born two years ago. He will bark at people but he has never attacked anyone. We used to have the dog’s mother as well, until she died a year ago.
“This was completely out of character. I don’t know what set him off. The boy asked for his ball back and the dog jumped up.
“I feel really bad for what bitten: James Martin (5) and dad Colin, after James was bitten by a neighbour’s dog. (METP-23-05-12AS059) happened. It should not have happened. As a mother myself I understand what the family feel.
“I have grandchildren over all the time and I would never have a dog I thought was dangerous in the house.
“Almost as soon as the incident happened, the dog was gone.”
Picture: ALAN STORER.