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Boy attacked by dog in park
A TEENAGE boy was viciously attacked by a dog as he played basketball with his friends.
The 17-year-old boy was with six friends at the playing field at Ashley Road when a small black dog attacked him, biting him on his hand and legs and ripping his clothing.
He needed hospital treatment for his injuries.
The dog was pulled off the victim by his owner, who then beat the animal.
He told the boys his name was Dave and gave them a mobile number, which turned out to be false.
Police are appealing for witnesses and looking to trace the owner of the dog, who is described as white, about 50, with untidy greying hair and a beard. He was wearing a red or orange t-shirt and grey shorts.
PC Graham Briant of Salisbury Police said: “"This dog was clearly out of control in a public place, not only am I concerned that it attacked someone without provocation I am also concerned that the owner is possibly mistreating it.
“The boy who was injured was simply out enjoying a game with his friends and he was understandably very shaken by this.
“I would appeal to anybody who thinks they may know who this man is or who witnessed this incident or may know of similar incidents to get in touch with me so I can identify him and hopefully make sure that no one else is hurt by this dog.”
The boy was allowed to go home from hospital after being treated following the incident, which happened on August 20.
Police are asking anyone with information to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.