The family of an 11-year-old boy who was mauled in a horrific dog attack that left him covered in his own blood have said they are “thankful” that he’s still alive.
Horrified neighbours heard terrible screams coming from a street in Monsall, northeast Manchester, on Sunday (June 4) afternoon which turned out to be Ali, who has autism, being attacked by a dog.
Emergency services were scrambled to the scene, with an air ambulance spotted landing nearby before taking the injured boy to hospital.
Ali’s family have now revealed how horrifying the ordeal was,telling Manchester Evening Newsthat he has to stay in hospital for at least a week to recover from his injuries.
"His face was really bad. He was bleeding everywhere. The police closed off the road. There was so much happening my mum didn't know what to do,” his sister said.
"His clothes were all ripped up and he had scratches all over his arms. It was just horrible and absolutely traumatising. They've said he could be in hospital for another week or so.
"At the moment he seems okay, but is still very shaken. It was so close to his eye, we are so thankful he is still alive."
Cops said today (June 7), that a 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control following the incident, adding that she made bail.
Greater Manchester Police added that the dog, whose breed is not yet known, was seized shortly after the attack.
Ali’s sister said that the horrific incident on Sunday unfolded in just seconds.
She said: “A little girl knocked on the door and asked if he could play outside but my mum said no at first because he is scared of dogs. He went out to play because he felt safer with the other girl there.
"My mum thought everything was fine but then he started banging on the front door. My brother was asleep upstairs and heard him screaming and ran downstairs and called the ambulance. They came really quickly."
Detectives have been appealing for anyone with information or video footage to come forward by calling 0161 856 1146 or using LiveChat online, quoting log 1530 of June 4, 2023. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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