Moment out-of-control dog attacks boy, 10, as he plays outside home

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This is the horrifying moment a boy, 10, is attacked by a dog as he plays football outside his house in Walsall.

The young boy was playing on Bentley Drive in the West Midlands town on Wednesday when the brown-coloured dog runs past in the street.

The animal suddenly turns and pounces on his, biting down onto the boy’s arm.

After around 30 seconds, family members rush to help the boy, but the dog still refuses to let go.

The dog eventually lets go after being hit by a toy with the help of a passing taxi driver.

West Midlands Police said the dog is to be ‘humanely destroyed’, and a 60-year-old woman has been arrested.

The boy’s father, Gohar Siddique, shared the clip to help raise awareness and has urged owners to keep their dogs locked away.

He told BlackCountryLive: ‘I just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to other people. This should not be happening to young children.’

Mr Siddique said his son needs surgery and remains in hospital.

‘If my two-year-old son was outside he would not be alive. My older son was brave. When you see the video you feel terrible,’ he added.

‘It was just relentless. The dog would not let go. It was only when the passing taxi driver smacked it really hard that it finally stopped.

‘He must have been terrified. It’s hard to watch the video but I just want to make others aware. These dog attacks are happening far too often.

‘I was at work at the time it happened. It’s a call no father wants to get. Children should be able to play safely. This should not be happening to our kids.’

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called to Bentley Drive in Walsall on Wednesday, September 13, to reports of a disorder and that a child had been bitten by a dog.

‘The ten-year-old was taken to hospital to be treated for bite marks on his arm.

‘The dog was seized from the location. We believe the dog managed to get out of its address without the owner knowing.

‘On Thursday, September 14, we arrested a woman in her sixties on suspicion of possession of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

‘She has since been released with a caution and has given up the dog to be humanely destroyed.’

It comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the American XL Bully dog will be banned in the UK by the end of the year.

In a statement, Mr Sunak said: ‘The American XL bully dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children.

‘I share the nation’s horror at the recent videos we’ve all seen.

‘Yesterday we saw another suspected XL bully dog attack, which has tragically led to a fatality.’

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