Burnley boy attacked by family dog

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AN 11-year-old Burnley boy had to be rushed to hospital after he was bitten by the family dog on Boxing Day.

Police said the youngster was at home in Greenbrook Close, Lowerhouse, just after 8 p.m. when one of the family’s two dogs, an Alsatian, turned on him leaving him bleeding from his face.

Police and paramedics raced to the scene and the boy was rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the North-West Ambulance Service NHS Trust said there was “serious bleeding” and a “severe bite” to the left side of the boy’s face but his injuries were not life-threatening.

A Lancashire police spokeswoman said the child’s mum had agreed to arrange for the dog to be destroyed.

“It was an unfortunate incident. We’ve attended and given the mum advice. She agreed to have the dog put down,” she said.

The boy has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home. The family did not wish to talk about the incident.