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Boy, 8, taken to hospital after dog attack in Lauriston Road

PUBLISHED: 17:50 30 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:55 30 May 2019

An ambulance in South Hackney after a dog bit a young child. Picture: Laurie Churchman

An ambulance in South Hackney after a dog bit a young child. Picture: Laurie Churchman

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An eight-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being bitten by a Rottweiler in Hackney.

Witnesses said the boy was practising cartwheels on a patch of grass when the dog attacked.

Paramedics arrived at Lauriston Road just after 2pm on Wednesday to find the child hunched over and clutching his arm.

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Witness Louise Pittman said the dog had been tied to a post when it struck the boy. "It went for the inside of his right arm and bit him deeply. There was a set of tooth marks and it went well beneath the skin," she said.

The dog's owner Charlie Mellor said: "I'm just so sorry. He's usually a placid dog. I've had him for more than three years and he's never done anything like this before."

A specialist Met Police team arrived to collect the animal, which could now be killed under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.

A court can order any dog that causes injury to be put down. Certain breeds are banned entirely under the act, including pit bull terriers and Japanese Tosas - but not Rottweilers.

"It's sad," said Louise. "The dog's beautiful. But if it's capable of doing this to a child, it's clearly extremely dangerous."

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