Stray Staffie on the run after mauling nine-year-old boy in park

A boy, 9, was seriously injured after being attacked by a stray Staffordshire Bull Terrier while walking with family in a park in Essex.
The nine-year-old was attacked by the dog after it became aggressive towards his family’s pet (Picture: Google)

A schoolboy was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a stray dog attacked him in a park.

The nine-year-old was walking his dog through Langdon Hills recreation ground in Essex with his family when another dog approached them on Friday evening. The stray, which was described as a black Staffordshire Bull Terrier with long legs, became aggressive with the family’s dog.
When the boy tried to separate the two dogs , the Staffie lashed out and attacked him.

The young boy suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital shortly after police were called at 7.30pm.

Officers believe the dog was a stray as it was not wearing a collar and was not with its owner.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: ‘We understand that this incident will cause concerns within the community, but officers are in the area searching for the dog and speaking to as many people as possible to find out if they have any information, which could help us with our investigation.’

No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

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