WARNING, DISTRESSING IMAGES: Freddie Turner was playing with friends in a garden in Wakefield when he was attacked by a dog on the loose, which left him with multiple puncture wounds
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A seven-year-old boy was left in need of plastic surgery after a dog “tried to tear him to bits” in a vicious attack.
Freddie Turner was playing with friends in a garden in Wakefield when he was attacked by a dog on the loose, which left him with multiple puncture wounds.
The youngster was rushed to Pinderfields Hospital on Wednesday, April 20, and underwent plastic surgery, Yorkshire Live reports.
Thankfully, Freddie is now recovering, though he is still dealing with the mental consequences of his attack. His father of him Nik said the youngster kept “reliving it” and would try to hide if he saw a big dog.
The schoolboy had been playing with other children, including his sister, in his friend’s garden, when an unaccompanied dog made its way inside.
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“It chased them around the front garden, so they’ve run into the back garden to go into the back of the property,” Nik said.
“The dog’s jumped up and grabbed hold of Freddie and pulled him into the middle of the garden and tried tearing him to bits.”
His eight-year-old sister then called their parents.
“She phoned her mum screaming down the phone,” Nik remembers. He said Freddie’s friend’s family helped the 7-year-old inside. When Nik arrived, I found Freddie “on the floor bleeding”.
“He had to have plastic surgery. He had a lot of puncture wounds to his shoulder and his chest and his back, and he underneath had a big cut on his arm which needed stitching back up,” said Nik.
Freddie was one of several victims believed to have been attacked by the same dog. A 62-year-old man was also bitten in Mill Close, just minutes after Freddie was attacked in Holmsley Avenue.
Police received a further report a person had been injured by a dog in the area on Tuesday, April 26.
At the time, a spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police are investigating following reports of two people being bitten by a loose dog in South Kirkby last Wednesday (20 April).
“Officers were initially called at 5.40pm to report that a 7-year-old boy had been bitten by a dog, described as an Alsation, in the garden of a property on Holmsley Avenue.
“A further report was received at 5.46pm that a 62-year-old man had been bitten by a dog matching the same description on Mill Close. Both victims required hospital treatment for their injuries. It was reported that the dog was taken away by two males following the incident on Mill Close and inquiries are being made to identify the owner of this dog.”
They added: “Police received a third-party report at 2.17pm on Tuesday, April 26, that a man had been taken to hospital after being bitten by a dog on Mill Lane, South Kirkby. The dog was reported to still be in the The council dog warden was notified and both the police and dog warden made an extensive area search, with a number of addresses checked, but the dog was not located.”
Inspector Nick Drinkall, of Wakefield District Patrol Team, said: “We understand that these incidents are causing concern in the local community and I would like to reassure residents that we are working with the dog warden to locate this dog and identify its owner.
“If anyone believes they have seen this dog they are urged to report this to us as soon as they can. We will not tolerate people allowing their dogs to be dangerously out of control and will take action.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police by either calling 101 or using 101 Live Chat on the West Yorkshire Police website quoting crime reference 13220211431.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.