Boy, 5, 'scalped' by XL bully after it leapt on him 'without warning'

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A five year old boy was horrifically 'scalped' by an XL Bully after being invited to see the dog. The young lad, named Teddy, is still receiving treatment in hospital following the harrowing incident on Monday.

His family has stated that the XL Bully was not registered to its current owners. Teddy had gone into the house when the dog, which his mother had been told was 'harmless', launched a sudden and vicious attack, according to his sister Casey.

Today, images have emerged showing Teddy with bandages over the wounds he sustained, including bites to his arm and scalp, as he awaits skin graft procedures.

Casey, aged 22, expressed the family's distress but gratitude that Teddy's injuries were not more severe: "Obviously we're all heartbroken but very thankful that the injuries my brother sustained were not more serious. Teddy has been in hospital since the attack and we expect him to remain there until at least Friday."

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She added that Teddy's release from hospital would depend on his recovery, noting that he will need further medical attention for skin grafts to his head.

The family was shocked to discover post-attack that the dog was actually registered to someone else, despite being invited over by the residents to 'meet their new dog'. Casey clarified the situation further: "We have now been told the dog in fact was not registered to them but someone else. A lot of people have jumped to conclusions that unfortunately are completely false.

"I think a lot of people are under the impression that Teddy must have been antagonising the dog - which is absolutely not true. He was told he could enter the house by those living at the address and did so chaperoned by his mother and another adult." Upon entering, the dog mauled him without reason."

Casey has expressed her hope that her brother can return home their home in Hull, East Yorkshire, tomorrow (Friday), stating she's 'very thankful' that his injuries aren't more serious.

She added: "Unfortunately it is going to be a lengthy recovery process for him however, his injuries thankfully are not life threatening."

Humberside Police have confirmed that the incident took place around 11.45am on Brazil Street in the port city, with investigations still ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Allison Sweeting has confirmed that the dog, believed to be an XL Bully type breed, has been seized by the police.

She said: "We are working closely with the boy's family and the owner of the dog to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident. At this stage, the breed of dog is believed to be an XL bully type and it has been seized as part of our enquiries."

XL Bullies have been outlawed after being linked to the deaths of 11 individuals over three years from attacks. All XL Bullies must now be registered and muzzled when out in public.

Owners and their dogs could face severe penalties if they do not have a certificate.

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