Boy, 2, bitten by dog in Morecambe

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A DOG roaming loose in the street bit a two-year-old boy today as he walked with his mother in Morecambe.

The incident happened at about 3.20pm on Westminster Road close to Bargain Booze in the resort’s West End.

The boy went to stroke the animal, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, but it attacked him and bit him on the head.

His mother kicked the dog and it fled in the direction of Hampton Road and Balmoral Road.

The boy was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where puncture wounds to his head were bandaged and was given injections and antibiotics. He has since returned home to Heysham.

An investigation is underway but police say the dog had no collar on and with the assistance of the dog warden they are trying to locate the dog and its owner.

The dog is described as brindle coloured – brown with bits of gold.

PC Andy Taylor from Morecambe Police said: “This is a serious incident which could have been far worse had the boy’s mother not taken action and kicked the dog to release her child.

“I would appeal to anybody that has seen this dog in or around the Westminster Road area or believes they know who the owner is to contact police.

“I would also urge people to be vigilant and to exercise caution as this dog could still be loose in the area. We believe the dog is likely to live locally and if anyone does see this dog I would ask people not to approach it but to call police immediately.”

If you have information that could assist with our investigation, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

For more on this story, see this week’s Lancaster Guardian.