A LITTLE lad was viciously attacked by a dog when he tried to retrieve his football he accidentally kicked into his neighbour’s garden.
Rhys Jones, 6, was playing with a friend in Carmarthen, in Wales, when his ball went over the fence.
But when the Rhys went to retrieve the ball, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier lunged at him and locked its jaws on the arms and legs.
Police are probing the incident. The ordeal only ended when another dog attacked the staffie, Wales Online reports
He was taken to hospital and was found to have an infected bite on his foot. He also had multiple broken bones.
In all the boy spent five days in a hospital bed.
Rhys’ grandfather, Anthony Rowlands of Bro Myrddin, said: “That other dog saved him, without a doubt.
“That dog knew Rhys because he’d seen him plenty of times before.
“Rhys was bitten a number of times before the other dog reacted, and I believe, hand on heart, that if that hadn’t happened then Rhys would not be here now.
“A man who lived next door then picked Rhys up and carried him into the kitchen, but he was bleeding everywhere.”
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In all the Johnstown Primary School pupil spent the next five days in Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, and has been off school since.
As well as scars, the schoolboy has been left “petrified” by his ordeal.
Mr Rowlands said:
“He’s also too frightened to look at his own foot. When I was giving him a cuddle in the hospital, he kept asking ‘why did the dog bite me?’”
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