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UPDATED: Boy, 12, critical after being savaged by dog in house
A 12-year-old boy remains in hospital after a vicious dog attack which left him with serious neck injuries.
Armed police shot the animal dead so they could get into the house on Frank Street, Great Horton, to treat the teenager, who was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with bite marks to his neck after the attack last night.
Neighbours said how the boy, named locally as Luka, dragged himself away from the animal, believed to be a bulldog, crying: “I’m going to die, I’m going to die”.
It is understood that the teenager was dragged downstairs by the animal while visiting his cousin.
He was subjected to a violent attack in the kitchen lasting up to ten minutes, according to those who tried to help him.
Two women who live nearby, but did not want to be named, said the alarm was raised when a girl who was also at the house ran to their door screaming.
One of the women told how her partner tried to help the boy.
“I’ve heard that the boy was upstairs and the dog managed to get upstairs somehow,” she said.
“The dog was just attacking him and there were two girls there and they were just screaming and shouting because they thought the dog might be trying to get them too.
“Dean, my partner, went in and heard what was happening. He went in and saw the little boy lying on the floor and the dog was attacking him.
“He didn’t know what to do, so he hit the dog with a shovel, just to try and get him off the little boy and he started kicking him.
“The dog kept on going back to the boy who was trying to get away.
“The little boy managed to drag himself upstairs. He was crying and was saying, ‘I’m going to die, I’m going to die.’ “Dean said to him, ‘Get upstairs and shut that door. Luckily, he managed to do that.
“When he got upstairs, he was dizzy and his eyes were all over the place,” the woman said, adding that the boy then passed out.
“Dean didn’t even let the police in, he shoved them out. He said, ‘You don’t want to be in there’.
“The police shot the dog twice so they could get in. They couldn’t get upstairs with it there.
“The little boy was in danger. Even the police said if it wasn’t for Dean, that boy could be dead.”
The woman, who reported the attack, said that the dog had been given to a family in Frank Street two or three days earlier.
A police spokesman said this morning: “On arrival officers were unable to get to the injured child. Armed officers shot the dog to allow emergency services to attend to him.
“The child was then taken to Leeds General Infirmary where his condition is this morning described as stable, with injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.
“Enquiries are now ongoing as to the breed of the dog and to establish whether any criminal offence has been committed.”