6-year-old boy could be scarred for life after dog attack in Daubhill pub

6-year-old boy could be scarred for life after dog attack in Daubhill pub

Dog attack victim Mckinley Worthington shows his scars

Mckinley Worthington's injuries

Sammy Gledhill and son Mckinley

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A BOY could be scarred for life after a dog attacked him while he was at a pub with his family.

Six-year-old Mckinley Worthington had to spend two nights in hospital after the dog bit his face while he was in The Oddfellows Arms in St Helens Road, Daubhill.

The dog, thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier crossed with a Rhodesian ridgeback, is owned by the landlady of the pub.

Sammy Gledhill, Mckinley’s mother, aged 24, of Aldercroft Avenue, Breightmet, said: “My little lad stroked the dog and it attacked him. There was a lot of blood, it was awful. I was in so much shock.

“Somebody picked up the dog and threw it across the room. It is a family pub. I had my three-year-old daughter with me too. If she had been bitten I think the injuries would have been much worse.”

The attack happened on Friday at about 7pm.

Mckinley, a pupil at Red Lane School in Breightmet, was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital.

He suffered a bite below his right eyebrow, along with cuts and bruising to his eye and forehead.

Miss Gledhill said her son spent two nights in hospital where he had his eye washed while under general anaesthetic and received antibiotics under a drip.

The incident comes weeks after the first anniversary of the death of 14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson, who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs at a friend’s home in Atherton on March 26, last year.

Miss Gledhill said that since being discharged from hospital on Sunday evening, Mckinley has lost confidence.

She said: “Mckinley keeps looking in the mirror and telling me he is ugly. I have had to give our Jack Russell dog away as he is now absolutely terrified of it.”

She is worried the dog will bite again and called for action to be taken.

Landlady Margaret Wilson, from The Oddfellows Arms, said: “The dog isn’t vicious. He has been in the pub for seven years, including when we have had busy parties and has never done anything before but under provocation a dog cannot say “please stop it”.

“I would not have the dog in the pub if I thought people were in danger.”

CCTV footage of the incident shows Mckinley stroking and patting or pushing the dog towards a wall before he was bitten.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 7.21pm to a six-year-old male with a dog bite. The boy was completely alert. He had an injury to the eyebrow and cheek. He was fully conscious and was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital.”

A police spokesman confirmed the incident was reported to police on Friday at 8.50pm and that inquiries will take place into the breed of the dog along.

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