Toddler's face savaged by pet dog

A TODDLER was left with severe facial injuries after being attacked by his pet dog.


The two-year-old boy was at home in Joslin Road, Purfleet, when the dog, believed to be a small terrier cross, set upon him.


The family phoned for an ambulance and the boy was rushed to Basildon Hospital, but has since been transferred to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford for further treatment.


Broomfield has a plastic surgery unit which specialises in treating patients with serious disfigurements and burns.


Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We were alerted to an address in Purfleet at 5.27pm on Monday and a child was taken to Broomfield Hospital with a facial injury.”
 

Essex Police, who were called by the ambulance service, confirmed the child’s facial injuries were severe, and that they seized the dog involved.
 

Spokeswoman Helen Cook said: “Police are investigating circumstances surrounding a two-year-old child being taken to hospital with a bite to the face by a family pet.


“The dog involved, a small terrier type, has been seized and will be taken to kennels.”


A resident of Joslin Road, who did not want to be named, said: “I can’t believe a little boy has been attacked. It’s just really awful – I do hope he is OK.”

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10:15am Thu 15 Nov 12

Farmhouse France says...

Poor little tot. I hope the surgeons are able to do all they need to to help you and I wish you a speedy recovery.
Poor little tot. I hope the surgeons are able to do all they need to to help you and I wish you a speedy recovery. Farmhouse France

11:21am Thu 15 Nov 12

I-say-you-say says...

I hope the little boy is ok and that there is nothing too damaging to him.

However I also hope that the reasons behind the alleged attack are investigated thoroughly before the dog is blamed in full. Speaking from experience, I was bit in the face as a toddler by my dog (the softest golden lab you will ever know) but it was my fault as I had climbed up on the furniture, fell on top of her and as she jolted round she caught me with her mouth. I can't imagine a "small terrier cross" attacking for no reason.
I hope the little boy is ok and that there is nothing too damaging to him. However I also hope that the reasons behind the alleged attack are investigated thoroughly before the dog is blamed in full. Speaking from experience, I was bit in the face as a toddler by my dog (the softest golden lab you will ever know) but it was my fault as I had climbed up on the furniture, fell on top of her and as she jolted round she caught me with her mouth. I can't imagine a "small terrier cross" attacking for no reason. I-say-you-say

11:26am Thu 15 Nov 12

d_2da_ougle says...

not even a jack russel terrier come on
not even a jack russel terrier come on d_2da_ougle

12:02pm Thu 15 Nov 12

sooty31 says...

poor kid hope they are ok. would also like to comment on jackie doyle price thanks for voting to increasing the fuel duty ok for you and all the mps who probably get their petrol paid for by guess who!! also hope you are never a victim of crime may not get compensation now you have voted for a slash of the budget. i dont think many people will trust you again at the next election!!
poor kid hope they are ok. would also like to comment on jackie doyle price thanks for voting to increasing the fuel duty ok for you and all the mps who probably get their petrol paid for by guess who!! also hope you are never a victim of crime may not get compensation now you have voted for a slash of the budget. i dont think many people will trust you again at the next election!! sooty31

12:14pm Thu 15 Nov 12

jb411 says...

The surgeons at Broomfield are fantastic - they will do a good job. Poor little thing I hope he's not too traumatised.

All dogs have sharp teeth, even the little ones. Jack Russells are hunting dogs they can give a nasty bite.
The surgeons at Broomfield are fantastic - they will do a good job. Poor little thing I hope he's not too traumatised. All dogs have sharp teeth, even the little ones. Jack Russells are hunting dogs they can give a nasty bite. jb411

3:33pm Thu 15 Nov 12

DannyButcher says...

Some of those Jack Russels are viscous little £@*(*%s, and why toddlers are allowed near them, or any other dog, is beyond me. Animals can turn at any time.

That said, I hope this toddler has a swift recovery.
Some of those Jack Russels are viscous little £@*(*%s, and why toddlers are allowed near them, or any other dog, is beyond me. Animals can turn at any time. That said, I hope this toddler has a swift recovery. DannyButcher

12:46pm Fri 16 Nov 12

TheDogsOwner says...

I was there when this happened... It was a tragic accident and the neither the dog or boy were to blame!

At the moment, it is too painful to go into the details.

The boy has had the operation and Broomfield staff were AMAZING!

He is back at home now recovering.

THANK YOU for your kind words of support!
I was there when this happened... It was a tragic accident and the neither the dog or boy were to blame! At the moment, it is too painful to go into the details. The boy has had the operation and Broomfield staff were AMAZING! He is back at home now recovering. THANK YOU for your kind words of support! TheDogsOwner

10:42pm Fri 16 Nov 12

jodie24 says...

I know this family and the dog I have done for 3yrs and my heart goes out to them at this horrible time
I was only at their house a week ago and I have always known the dog to be lovely and am shocked by this
I am glad litlle lad is back home
Once again my heart goes out to you all
xxxxx
I know this family and the dog I have done for 3yrs and my heart goes out to them at this horrible time I was only at their house a week ago and I have always known the dog to be lovely and am shocked by this I am glad litlle lad is back home Once again my heart goes out to you all xxxxx jodie24

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