Dog Attack Leaves 8-Year-Old Child With Serious Facial Injuries

A horrifying dog attack has left an 8-year-old boy with serious facial injuries, according to police.

The U.K.'s Staffordshire Police said a boy, 8, and girl, 6, and a woman had been attacked by a dog in the town of Cannock, about 20 miles northwest of Birmingham, on Saturday afternoon.

A police statement shared later that day said police were called to Brook Vale at about 12:40 p.m. after they received reports three people had been bitten by a dog.

The statement continued: "An 8-year-old boy has received serious facial injuries and a 6-year-old girl has an arm injury. Both have been taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital for treatment."

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson added the woman suffered an injury to her arm but said she did not need hospital treatment.

Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or call 101 quoting incident number 360 of 26 March.

Alternatively, police said people can choose to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

Newsweek has contacted Staffordshire Police for comment.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), children are the most common victims of dog bites, and are "far more likely to be severely injured."

It added: "Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs."

The AMVA added more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. and more than 800,000 people need medical attention for dog bites.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are some steps people can take if they are approached by an unfamiliar dog, which include:

  • Staying still and remaining calm
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the dog
  • Do not panic, make loud noises or run
  • Say "no" or "go home" in a firm, deep voice and stand with the side of your body facing the dog
  • Slowly raise your hands to your neck with your elbows in and wait for the dog to pass or slowly back away

Newsweek has reported on numerous cases where children have been the victim of dog attacks.

Earlier this month, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, in Georgia, said a 7-month-old girl was mauled to death by a dog in a backyard.

Police said the American bulldog-Great Pyrenees mix became aggressive and both the baby and her grandmother were injured in the attack, according to WEDW-TV.

Just a few days ago in the U.K. a 17-month-old girl was killed by a family's dog at a home in Blackbrook, St. Helens, in Merseyside.

In a statement, Detective Inspector Lisa Milligan said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the child's family at this devastating time.

"The little girl's parents and wider family are absolutely devastated and our specialist family liaison officers are providing them with support at this horrendous time."

Stock image of British police
Stock image of British police. Staffordishire Police said the child suffered serious facial injuries. Getty