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Two Arrested After Eight-Year-Old Boy Suffers Serious Injuries in ‘XL Bully’ Attack

A horrific incident unfolded in Bootle, Merseyside, on Saturday, February 10, when an eight-year-old boy was viciously attacked by an ‘XL Bully’ dog while playing outside near Wadham Road. The boy sustained serious head wounds and was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Merseyside Police responded promptly to the scene following the attack, which occurred at approximately 5:20 pm. The dog, believed to be an ‘XL Bully,’ was seized by authorities at the address, and a man, aged 30, and a woman, aged 49, were arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury.

Detective Inspector Gary Stratton condemned the attack, describing it as “horrific” and expressing concern over the life-changing injuries sustained by the young victim. He assured the public that the child is receiving the best possible care and treatment for his injuries.

Efforts are underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the attack, with authorities appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to come forward and assist with the investigation. House-to-house inquiries have been conducted in the area, and all available CCTV footage is being reviewed to gather additional evidence.

This tragic incident underscores the potential dangers posed by certain breeds of dogs, with ‘XL Bully’ attacks sparking nationwide concern despite recent legislative measures. Since February 1, it has been a criminal offence to own or possess an ‘XL Bully’ dog in England and Wales without a valid Certificate of Exemption.

Recent incidents involving ‘XL Bully’ attacks, including one in Battersea Park, London, and another resulting in the death of a grandmother in Jaywick, Essex, have raised alarm bells regarding public safety and the enforcement of dog control measures.

Medical experts have highlighted the severity of injuries inflicted by ‘XL Bully’ dogs, emphasizing the need for strict regulations and responsible ownership to prevent further tragedies.

Merseyside Police are urging anyone with information related to the Bootle attack or other dangerous dog incidents to come forward and assist with their inquiries. Meanwhile, the arrested individuals remain in custody for questioning as the investigation continues.

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