Two children hospitalised after dog attack in Woodford Green
PUBLISHED: 15:57 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 05 September 2018
A dog attack in a Woodford Green park left four children suffering bite injuries - two of whom were hospitalised.
A dog attack in a Woodford Green park left four children suffering bite injuries – two of whom were hospitalised.
Mum Irem Azid, from South Woodford, told the Recorder how her 13-year-old son was playing with nine other children in a wooded area of Ray Lodge Park, Snakes Lane East, at around 5.45pm on Monday (September 3) when they were set upon by a dog.
“We were about to leave when we decided to have one last game,” she said.
“The dog came out of nowhere.”
She spoke of how she stood helpless as the dog chased one of the boys, aged 11, into an area they call “the maze”.
“The dog chased him and dropped him on to the ground. It was so ferocious,” she added.
As her son, who turned 14 yesterday, tried to rescue his friend, the dog bit him in his arm, groin and torso, she said.
“He was screaming and shouting. There was nothing I could do.”
The dog then set upon other children and a passing driver beeped their car horn.
The incident ended when one of the boys eventually managed to gain control of the canine, put a muzzle and lead on it, Ms Azid claimed, after which the owner then led it away for a walk.
Paramedics and police were called to the scene at 6.17pm.
They found four children, aged nine to 13, suffering dog bite injuries.
Ms Azid said that her son was taken to a major trauma centre at the Royal London Hospital for fears that the bite may have punctured his lung.
His injuries have been deemed not life-threatening or life-changing.
Two other boys were treated by paramedics at the scene and third taken to an east London hospital as a precaution.
Ms Azid added: “[Dog owners] need to be able to control their dogs; otherwise they shouldn’t be having one.”
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “The dog’s owner called police at about 8.20pm to report the incident.
“Officers attended and the dog was voluntarily surrendered to police.
“The dog will be assessed by officers from the Status Dog Unit.
“No arrests have been made.