Boy, five, rushed to hospital after being mauled by dog on way home

A five-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after being mauled by a dog in an attack that left him "pouring with blood".

The animal had little Mackenzie Coombes’s head locked in its jaws for several seconds before his mum and aunt were able to rip him free.

He has had to have emergency surgery after the incident in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

Mum Aston Coombes, 21, told how Mackenzie was mauled by the dog she believes to be a Staffie.

It took place while they were walking home from ASDA in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, on Sunday afternoon.

“The dog was on the lead and my sister asked if it was friendly and stroked it,” Aston told the Manchester Evening News.

“But then when we were walking off, the owner let the dog off the lead on the main road.

“It ran over and jumped on Mackenzie and got him on the floor.

“We had to drag the dog off ourselves – it took a lot- Mackenzie was pouring with blood.

“When we turned around the owner was running off towards the flats.”

They rushed the boy to Tameside Hospital themselves where doctors cleaned and closed the wound with stitches.

But last night experts decided Mackenzie needed surgery and transferred him to Manchester Children’s Hospital to see a plastic surgeon.

He was given a general anaesthetic before an operation this morning to repair the large gash by his ear.

Aston, a full-time mum, said he remains ‘dopey’ after surgery and has been told he will be left with a scar.

Doctors have said if the family hadn’t intervened so quickly and with such determination, Mackenzie may have lost his ear entirely.

“He just keeps saying that he’s scared and complaining that he’s in pain,” said Aston.

“I think he was in shock before and now it’s affecting him mentally.”

    Police are investigating the incident which happened on King Street near the Premier Convenience store at around 4.10pm.

    GMP confirmed they were called to reports that a child had been attacked by a dog and said enquiries are ongoing.

    But Aston said she is not hopeful.

    She says is yet to hear back from officers after they took a statement from her and Mackenzie in hospital.

    Aston added: “The police are saying there’s not a lot they can do because they don’t know who the dog or the owner is.

    “The owner needs to come forward – a little boy has been badly hurt. We don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

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