12-year-old boy left with arm and stomach wounds after 'Staffie type' dog bites him in Stroud
A BRAVE schoolboy suffered bites and scratches when he was attacked by a dog in Stroud.
The 12-year-old, whose parents asked for his name to be withheld, was running home from a friend's house when the animal attacked him in Brickrow, near the town centre.
The youngster, who was on his half-term holiday, was hurt on Tuesday afternoon when the 'staffie-type' creature leapt at him and grabbed his arm between its jaws.
The victim's father said the dog jumped at his son's stomach causing claw scratches and bit his arm.
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"There are bite marks on the right forearm and upper arm, he said. "His clothes were ripped and there was blood all over them. It could have been much worse. It could have been his face.
"Imagine if it was a smaller child. He was very brave. It was a real shock."
The boy was rescued by a stranger who took him to Stroud Hospital for treatment.
The boy returned for an X-ray the next day and remains on antibiotics.
"We just have to keep an eye on him now," he said. The bite on the boy's upper arm would probably leave a scar, the family have been advised.
Police inquiries into the incident are continuing.
Officers investigating what happened have appealed for information from any member of the public who saw what happened.
"The dog is described as dark in colour with a red collar," Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman Simon Masters said.
It is an offence for an owner to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.
Anyone who can help police trace the animal's owner should call them on 101 quoting incident 247 of February 12.