Horror as five-year-old boy is mauled by three German Shepherds – as police launch hunt to find dog owner
A five-year-old boy has been mauled by three German Shepherd dogs, with police launching a manhunt to find the owner of the animals.
The young child suffered puncture wounds to his body and required medical treatment after he was attacked on Balfour Road in Doncaster.
It is reported that the owner of the dog made no attempt to control the dogs and fled the scene, South Yorkshire Police said.
The owner is described as white, between 6ft and 6ft2ins tall, aged between 30 and 40.
At the time of the attack he was wearing a long green coat and light green combat trousers.
A five-year-old dog has been mauled by three German Shepherd dogs, with police launching a manhunt to find the owner of the animals. Pictured: File photo of an aggressive German Shepherd
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: ‘We’re urging the owner of the dogs to come forward, or anyone who may be able to assist with our enquiries to get in touch.
‘The owner is described as white, between 6ft and 6ft 2ins tall, and aged between 30 and 40 years old. At the time he was wearing a long green coat and light green combat trousers.’
It is the latest in a spate of dog attacks, some of which have been fatal.
The rise in the number of attacks by the American XL Bully breed led Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledging to ban the breed by the end of the year.
On Monday a six stone recently adopted XL bully attacked its owner in her back garden in Brisley, Norfolk.
The victim, in her 60s, could be heard screaming as police rushed to the house and helped free her from the vicious attack.
But Denvor managed to flee and ran free through the streets before being found an hour later in the car park of Brisley Church of England Primary Academy.
Denvor (pictured) was adopted from Dogs Trust Snetterton less than a month ago. He reportedly had ‘no history of aggression’ and was believed to have settled well in his new home
The six stone dog was found in the car park of Brisley Church of England Primary Academy after it escaped from its owner’s house (stock image)
This is Denvor, the ‘full of beans’ XL Bully dog who mauled his owner at home before escaping to a nearby school car park on Monday afternoon
All pupils had to be rushed inside the building until the dog was was tied to a post while the school could evacuate.
The dog was then destroyed in the interest of public safety after the police gained permission from the owner.
After Monday’s incident, Headteacher Belinda Allen told the Eastern Daily Press: ‘Our school staff were alerted by the police that there was a dangerous dog and immediately actioned staff to clear the area.
‘There was no immediate danger to staff or children within the school area.’
Dogs Trust will be ‘undertaking a thorough investigation’ into the attack.
A Dogs Trust spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘We confirm that there has been an incident involving a dog that had recently been rehomed from our Snetterton rehoming centre, and our priority at this time is to provide as much support as possible to people.
‘Public safety is paramount, but a focus on breed specific legislation is not the best way to achieve this.
‘We continue to call for a radical overhaul of dog control measures to help avoid further tragic incidents and keep members of the public safe.’
Information about the attack on the five-year-old can be reported online, via the live chat or by calling 101 quoting incident number 881 of 7 October 2023. Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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