Police hunt dog-owning couple who fled after boy, 7, savaged in pub garden

Image appeal following dog bite incident in Swanage (Dorset Police)
Image appeal following dog bite incident in Swanage (Dorset Police)

A seven-year-old child was attacked by a dog in a pub garden in Dorset.

Police are looking for the animal’s owners.

It was reported that a boy was bitten on the head by a dog as he played in the garden of the Crows Nest Inn in Swanage.

The child was taken to hospital for surgery after the attack at roughly 5.10pm on Tuesday.

His injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Police released an image of a man wearing glasses and a woman in floral shorts tending to the animal before they reportedly fled the scene without leaving any contact details.

 (Dorset Police)
(Dorset Police)

Police Constable Alistair James, of Purbeck police, said: “This was understandably a distressing incident for the young boy involved and his family and we hope he makes a full recovery from his injury.

“We are conducting enquiries into this matter and have obtained an image of a man and woman with the dog that was believed to be involved. We are keen to speak to these people so we can take their account of what happened.

“I would urge anyone with information relating to their identity to please come forward. I would also ask the man and woman pictured to please do the right thing and come forward.

“I would also like to hear from any witnesses to the incident who have not already spoken to police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230067142. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.