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A teenager's had plastic surgery after a savage attack by a dog in a Gillingham park
Police in Medway are appealing for information after a 13 year old boy was bitten by a dog in Gillingham. The teenager who is from the town had been playing football with four friends on the Garrison Sports Ground, Marlborough Road on Wednesday 29 December.
The boy was sat on the ground when five men came onto the field at about 3.40pm and let a dog off its lead. The dog went up to the boy and bit him on the back of the leg with its jaws locking for around 15 seconds. During this time the five men tried to pull the dog off and once they had they ran off from the scene in the direction of the Great Lines War Memorial in Chatham.
The boy was taken to hospital with a severe bite wound to the leg with the injury going through the muscle. Plastic surgery was carried out at the East Grinstead hospital yesterday (30 December).
PC Sally Haughton said: ‘The dog is described as being white with black spots all over it. It’s thought that it may have been a Staffordshire bull terrier. We are very keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area on Wednesday and seen five men with a dog that fits this description, as we would like to speak to them about this incident.
‘The teenager has obviously been left very upset by the injuries that this dog has caused so we need to track down the owner of the animal as soon as possible. Anyone with information should contact police immediately.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information should contact officers at Medway police station on 01634 792521 quoting crime reference number DY/020326/10. Alternatively call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.