Mother and son attacked by dog in Amesbury

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A MOTHER and her son were injured in a vicious dog attack in Amesbury.

Melanie Nightingale suffered serious bites on her arms and had to spend two days in hospital after she was bitten while she tried to protect her eight-year-old son Taylor from the animal.

The dog, described as a mastiff cross-breed, also bit Taylor’s leg, although he was not badly hurt.

Taylor was out playing with friends in Solstice Rise, Amesbury, on Saturday lunchtime when the dog attacked |him.

“There were about three children playing outside on their scooters when the dog ran up and knocked Taylor to the ground,” said his grandmother Zaina Pearce.

“Taylor was closest to it and the dog just went for him.

“Melanie saw what was going on, ran out of the house and flung herself on top of Taylor to protect him.

“But the animal savaged her. It bit her arm very badly.”

Mrs Nightingale was taken to Salisbury District Hospital for emergency treatment.

She was put on a drip in case of infection and was not able to return home until Monday.

“She’s very shaken up and upset by what happened,” added Mrs Pearce.

“Taylor has been very brave. Kids are tough, but it was a nasty thing to happen and what if it happens again?

“This was a big powerful dog and a very frightening thing to happen.”

Wiltshire Police were informed about the attack.

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8:22pm Thu 14 Aug 14

hairy poppins says...

Absolutely dreadful - but what happened to the dog? Did it run off? Did the owner come and make their apologies? Did the owner run off? Was there an owner? have the police caught the dog? Is the dog still on the loose?
Absolutely dreadful - but what happened to the dog? Did it run off? Did the owner come and make their apologies? Did the owner run off? Was there an owner? have the police caught the dog? Is the dog still on the loose? hairy poppins
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8:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Colonelspatula says...

hairy poppins wrote:
Absolutely dreadful - but what happened to the dog? Did it run off? Did the owner come and make their apologies? Did the owner run off? Was there an owner? have the police caught the dog? Is the dog still on the loose?
The owner retrieved the dog, made apologies and called the police herself to report it. The dog was secured, shut in it's own garden and the boy went over and opened the gate & let the dog out into the street. Also, having witnessed the incident, the dog didn't 'go for' the boy at all, and he wasn't bitten. Unfortunately though the woman was.
[quote][p][bold]hairy poppins[/bold] wrote: Absolutely dreadful - but what happened to the dog? Did it run off? Did the owner come and make their apologies? Did the owner run off? Was there an owner? have the police caught the dog? Is the dog still on the loose?[/p][/quote]The owner retrieved the dog, made apologies and called the police herself to report it. The dog was secured, shut in it's own garden and the boy went over and opened the gate & let the dog out into the street. Also, having witnessed the incident, the dog didn't 'go for' the boy at all, and he wasn't bitten. Unfortunately though the woman was. Colonelspatula
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