Mauled by stray dog

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - Sarah Hil­ley

A nine- year- old boy was mauled on the face by a stray dog after he fell from his bike.

Iain Stir­rat was left with two deep cuts on the side of his face fol­low­ing the at­tack in Ayr’s Lochside.

The mys­tery black an­i­mal tore at his cheeks when the boy top­pled to the ground.

Now Iain has night­mares and is scared to go out to play.

Re­liv­ing the trauma, he said: “It was very sore. I was ter­ri­fied and an­gry. It drooled all over my clothes. I also banged my head and felt dizzy.”

The at­tack hap­pened on his home street Vic­to­ria Cre­sent on the edge of grass lead­ing to Pro Soc­cer on Septem­ber 24.

The dog is de­scribed as a pos­si­ble black Labrador cross. It is still at large and the fam­ily ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

Iain’s mum Amanda Mackie, 37, called for more dog war­dens on the street to pa­trol for strays.

De­scrib­ing the dog at­tack on her son, Amanda said: “He fell off his bike. When he turned to get up the dog was in his face and sunk its teeth in. Iain screamed and the dog ran away.

“When he came into the house his face was pour­ing with blood.”

Even in his state of panic the Dalmilling Pri­mary pupil in­sisted all his friends were safely in­side be­fore he went to hos­pi­tal. Medics stitched his wounds and gave him a tetanus in­jec­tion.

Mother- of- four Amanda said: “He would only let me take him to the hos­pi­tal when he was sure his friends were in the house.”

Now Iain is ner­vous around dogs, even his own col­lie Storm.

Amanda said: “He is hav­ing con­stant night­mares. He doesn’t want to move from my side the whole day.”

She added: “Peo­ple who let their dogs go should be fined. Dog war­dens used to go around the streets. I used to see their van.”

A coun­cil spokesman said staff split their time over pest con­trol and dog war­den du­ties.

The at­tack was re­ported to the po­lice.

He is hav­ing con­stant night­mares

On the mend Iain with mum Amanda

Mauled Iain shows his in­juries

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