A 4-year-old boy has been left with life-changing injuries after being mauled by a dog while visiting a friend in Norris Green, Liverpool.
The young boy suffered serious injuries to his face and head after being attacked by a Bull Mastiff type dog when visiting a friend's house in Norris Green on Saturday, said police. In a statement, the police praised a "brave neighbour" who fought the dog off and "probably saved the life of this young boy".
The boy is currently in hospital and his condition has been described as stable. A 31-year-old woman has been arrested following the attack. She has been detained on suspicion of being in possession of a dangerously out-of-control dog.
Detective Inspector Chris Hawitt, from Merseyside Police, has appealed for anyone with information to come forward and assist in this "extremely distressing" case.
He said: "I would like to commend the neighbour whose quick-thinking and selfless swift actions have probably saved the life of this young boy, who has suffered life-changing injuries. "Our enquiries into the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing, and we have seized the dog for the safety of the community and to establish its breed. "We are keen to speak to any witnesses who may have seen the incident or this dog on previous occasions."
He also urged dog owners "to be mindful of their dogs' behaviour at all times, particularly where young children may be around." Man, 34, Killed In Dog Attack In Fareham, Hampshire