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8 August 2011, 12:40 | Updated: 8 August 2011, 12:58
A 7-year-old boy has suffered serious arm and back injuries after being mauled by a Rottweiler on Southend's seafront.
The youngster from Westcliff was paddling in the sea on Eastern Esplanade when he was attacked by the animal.
He is still being treated in hospital for his injuries.
Police are now looking for the dog's owner, who was out walking 2 Rottweilers, when it happened on Friday 5 August.
Pc Rob Kirk said: "The boy’s grandmother had to physically pull the dog from the boy for fear it was going to drown the child or continue to bite him to death. It must have been a terrifying ordeal for all concerned.
"He (the dog owner) allowed this dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and a young lad has been left with horrific injuries, both physical and emotional I am sure.”
Police think the dog walker lives locally and is described as a black man in his 30s, about 6ft 4ins tall, slim build, with short black hair and was wearing a blue top and jeans at the time.
Anyone with information is asked to call Southend police station on 0300 3334444.