A person and a lady have been charged after a boy was bitten within the head by an XL bully canine on Saturday.
Amanda Young, 49, and Lewis Young, 30, each from Bootle in Merseyside, have been charged with being an individual answerable for a canine dangerously uncontrolled and inflicting harm.
Officers seized the canine which police say was “humanely destroyed” with the proprietor’s settlement.
The eight-year-old was attacked in a communal space of a block of flats in Bootle at about 5.20pm on Saturday.
The boy was taken to hospital the place he had emergency surgical procedure for his severe head accidents, and the place he stays in a severe however secure situation, Merseyside Police stated.
The suspects aren’t associated to the injured little one.
They have been remanded into custody to seem at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Monday 12 February.
Detective Inspector Gary Stratton stated: “This was a horrific attack which has left a young child requiring emergency surgery for injuries to his head.
“I need to reassure individuals that he’s receiving the absolute best care and remedy for his accidents, that are described as life-changing.”
He added: “This case highlights in the starkest terms the potential dangers of dogs, and I would appeal to anyone with information about dangerous dogs in their area to contact us so that we can take proactive action.”
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They added: “House-to-house enquiries have been carried out in the area and all CCTV opportunities are being explored.
“Numerous witnesses have been spoken to on the scene and officers are interesting for additional witnesses to return ahead and for anybody who could possibly help enquiries to contact police.”
It comes after a ban on XL bully dogs in England and Wales came into force earlier this month.
About 40,000 of the animals have been granted an exemption from the ban.
Owners were allowed to register their pets – in exchange for agreeing to a series of conditions, including having their dogs neutered, microchipped and insured – in order to save them from being put down.
New restrictions on the dogs are also set to be introduced in Scotland.
There are no less than 50,000 to 100,000 XL bully canines within the UK, based on estimates from animal teams.
Earlier this month grandmother Esther Martin, 86, died after being mauled by two canines in Essex. Police later confirmed the animals have been XL bullys.