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Council appeals for information following dog attack on schoolboy in Ballymena

Cut on leg sustained by boy in dog attack

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is appealing for information following a reported dog attack on a teenage boy as he walked home from school.


The incident is alleged to have happened between 3.50pm and 4.20pm on Thursday 30 November in the vicinity of Dunfane Playing Fields.



The tan-coloured dog is said to have been off the lead when it made towards the boy and bit him in the leg. The boy believes the animal may have been a Staffordshire-terrier type breed.


The dog’s owner is said to have been wearing dark-coloured clothing and walked off in the direction of the Cushendall Road.


Following the incident which left the victim very shook up and in shock, the teenager's mother appealed for information to identify the owner and the dog responsible. She said:



"My 14-year-old son was attacked by a dog at Dunfane Playing Fields around 4pm on Thursday as he walked home from school. He thinks the dog was a bull terrier type dog and was tan coloured.


"It was off the lead and the owner had to punch the dog to get it off him.


"The owner then proceeded to put the dog on its lead and walked up towards the Cushendall Road. He had black bottoms and a black hooded top on and was wearing black and white Nike trainers."



The angry mum added:


"My son is in shock after this attack. He will have to get a tetanus jab and antibiotics.


"This could have been a lot worse. I am livid that these people are walking the streets with animals off their lead that they can't control, in areas where children play and walk. Something needs to be done before something worse happens.


"Please speak up if you know this person."



Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is investigating the incident and has appealed for any witnesses to come forward.


Anybody with CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at around the time which may be of use to the investigation is also asked to contact Council Senior Enforcement Officer Nigel Devine at:


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