Updated: Police Appeal: Dog Owner Sought After Child Bitten in Cross Flatts Park


UPDATE: South Leeds Life understands that the owner of the dog has come forward to the Police and agreed to have the dog put down. No charges will be brought as the dog was on a lead throughout the incident.


Police are trying to trace the owner of a dog after a two-year-old boy was bitten in Cross Flatts Park, Beeston.

The incident happened at about 5:30pm on Friday (18 April 2014) while the boy was in the park with his parents. The dog was being walked on a lead by its owner when the child attempted to pet it and was bitten on the head.

Sergeant Jon Arrowsuch, of the Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“The injuries to the child were luckily minor and he was treated and released from hospital the same evening. Unfortunately the man with the dog left the park prior to the arrival of police officers and we are keen to trace him to speak to him about the incident.”

english_mastiffHe was described as white, about 6ft tall, of fat build, with cropped fair hair. He was wearing a blue and yellow polo shirt and jeans.

The dog involved was believed to be a mastiff type similar to the one pictured.

The man himself or anyone who knows his identity is asked to contact PC 4152 Simon Shillito of the Inner South NPT via 101.

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