Fund-raiser launched for family of boy, 12, mauled by two dogs



A fund-raising drive has been launched to support the family of a young boy left seriously injured in an horrific dog attack.

Caring residents have been quick to donate after the initiative was launched as the community rallies around following Thursday afternoon’s incident in Bentilee.

Staffordshire Police today confirmed that the 12-year-old remained in hospital in a ‘serious condition’ after sustaining injuries to his face, back, chest, and leg. A man in his 20s also sustained injuries to his legs when it’s believed he tried to protect the youngster.

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The two dogs involved – Cane Corso/American Bulldog crosses – have been put down after the owners handed them over to police.

Now funds are being raised to support the boy’s family.

The online fund-raiser has been launched by Emma Cartwright, who was involved with the youth group at St Stephen’s Church in Bentilee.

The 39-year-old, of Berryhill, said: “He was one of the children who accessed some of the activities put on by the church’s youth group and so we just want to do something to help.

“We know the family and want to do something to help. He’s obviously suffered serious injuries and we want to help support the family if there is going to be visits to hospital. When he is doing better it could also be used for a treat.

“People just want to do something to help.”

The air ambulance, along with paramedics and police, were scrambled to Dawlish Drive at around 2pm on Thursday afternoon. At the time the force said they had received reports that the boy had sustained ‘significant injuries’.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman today said: “The 12-year-old boy remains in hospital in a serious condition.

“The ownership of the dogs was voluntarily transferred to the police. Following specialist advice it was established the dogs could never be rehomed due to the violent act and should be humanely destroyed.”

Anyone with any information about the incident should call the police on 101.

To make a donation click here.





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