A mother has told how her son begged her to save him after he was mauled by two American Pocket Bully dogs.
The 13-year-old was brutally attacked at a friend’s house in Birmingham – with the animal tearing pieces out of his leg.
The horror happened around 1pm on Sunday, June 25, when he was watching his friend playing video games.
The boy’s mother, who wished to remain anonymous, told Birmingham Live: ‘Within 15 minutes there was blood everywhere. My son called me and said, ‘I’m being attacked by a dog. You have to save me, Mom.”
“I told him, ‘You need to apply pressure to stop the bleeding.’
The attack occurred when a friend’s father went to the store and his friend’s older sister had to bravely fight off the dog.
The mother said: “My husband arrived after about five minutes and I was there after about seven minutes. He said to me, ‘get an ambulance,’ in a sort of horrifying panic. That’s when I knew how bad it was.”
“My husband works with chainsaws and knew what to do and gave first aid. I ran upstairs and saw the blood. The chaos. How many times my son said, ‘I’m going to die’.”
Will pocket bully dogs be banned?
While the situation with XL bullies is clear, the future of other bully breeds is uncertain.
Regarding pocket bully dogs, Downing Street said no decision had been made yet.
However, in the coming weeks police, ministers and experts will work together to decide which dogs will fall under the ban.
No final decision has been made yet.
The ambulance arrived 25 minutes later and he was taken to hospital for major emergency surgery.
The teenager lost the side of both ankles, a large portion of his thigh and had a hole in each leg that required stitches from the inside.
The mother said: “He was in hospital for three days. He was given morphine and antibiotics for the pain.”
It follows a spate of abuses across the country – including a tragedy in which a 52-year-old man died while allegedly protecting his elderly mother from XL bully dogs.
The death of Ian Price was the final straw for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who vowed to ban the breed.
After the recent attacks, the boy said to his mother: “Why doesn’t anyone know about me? Can we tell my story? This breed is a problem for everyone.”
“I told him he was a child and didn’t want to tell his story for his own sake. But he said, ‘I’m a kid and I’ll be forgotten, and people won’t think twice about having these dogs. I.’ I don’t want this to happen to them.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to an address near Kings Road in Kingstanding on June 25 after a boy was bitten by a dog.”
“Officers attended, confiscated the dog and took him to a secure kennel.
“The boy was taken to hospital for treatment of his leg injuries. We spoke with all parties and mutually agreed that the dog, a Pocket Bully, would be euthanized. No further action was taken.”