Toddler attacked by dog in Salisbury

A TODDLER needed surgery after he was bitten by a dog in Salisbury.

The three-year-old was playing with his family in Queen Elizabeth Gardens at about 2.45pm on Sunday when the dog suddenly lunged at him and bit his arm.

The little boy suffered a serious bite which needed surgery.

The owner of the dog was aware of what happened but quickly left the park with his animal, which eye witnesses say was a Staffordshire bull terrier or similar breed.

Police say the dog owner is a white man between 17 and 19. He had fair or ginger coloured hair and was wearing a dark blue t-shirt with the number 9 on the back and jeans. He was with two young women of a similar age. Both had dark coloured hair and were wearing dark, long sleeved tops. The dog was dark brown in colour with a white chest and black stripes across its back.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Jackie Allen at Salisbury Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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3:46pm Tue 11 Mar 14

HappyChappie15 says...

This must have been terrifying for this poor child and the parents. I know from personal experience just how frightening a dog attack is.

Is there a problem with this particular breed of dog? Staffordshire bull terriers and similar breeds seem to frequently figure in unprovoked attacks on children, adults and other dogs.
This must have been terrifying for this poor child and the parents. I know from personal experience just how frightening a dog attack is. Is there a problem with this particular breed of dog? Staffordshire bull terriers and similar breeds seem to frequently figure in unprovoked attacks on children, adults and other dogs. HappyChappie15
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6:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

STRIPEY51 says...

Why did no one take a photo of the dogs owner ? and why was the dog not on a lead in a public place, hope the little boy gets over this, and the yobbo is caught, and made to pay compensation.
Why did no one take a photo of the dogs owner ? and why was the dog not on a lead in a public place, hope the little boy gets over this, and the yobbo is caught, and made to pay compensation. STRIPEY51
  • Score: 9

8:35am Wed 12 Mar 14

HappyChappie15 says...

And the dog needs dealing with before it attacks again!
And the dog needs dealing with before it attacks again! HappyChappie15
  • Score: 9

2:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

TheJanetAnalogy says...

In answer to HappyChappie, I believe there is a problem with this breed of dog.

Inevitably, defenders of the breed will pipe up to explain how lovely and friendly they are. Perhaps this is true for the majority of individual dogs.

However, at the same time 'Staffies' are clearly responsible for a disproportionate number of attacks on children and other dogs. It would be interesting to see formal statistics on this if anybody knows where they might be published.
In answer to HappyChappie, I believe there is a problem with this breed of dog. Inevitably, defenders of the breed will pipe up to explain how lovely and friendly they are. Perhaps this is true for the majority of individual dogs. However, at the same time 'Staffies' are clearly responsible for a disproportionate number of attacks on children and other dogs. It would be interesting to see formal statistics on this if anybody knows where they might be published. TheJanetAnalogy
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5:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Boogaloostoo says...

Correlation does not necessarily imply causation - whilst it does seem that there are a disproportionate number of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and similar breeds involved in incidents like this that does not necessarily mean the breed is the cause.

Similarly, there is a positive correlation between the number of ice creams sold at the seaside and the number of shark attacks. Does that mean sharks like ice cream flavoured people?

The attitude and competence of dog owners is probably a more significant factor, and those individuals who lack the right attitude may favour dogs of this type...

Hope the child involved recovers quickly and the irresponsible owner is brought to book.
Correlation does not necessarily imply causation - whilst it does seem that there are a disproportionate number of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and similar breeds involved in incidents like this that does not necessarily mean the breed is the cause. Similarly, there is a positive correlation between the number of ice creams sold at the seaside and the number of shark attacks. Does that mean sharks like ice cream flavoured people? The attitude and competence of dog owners is probably a more significant factor, and those individuals who lack the right attitude may favour dogs of this type... Hope the child involved recovers quickly and the irresponsible owner is brought to book. Boogaloostoo
  • Score: 8

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