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Saviour in dog attack is sought
5:10pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
The family of a three-year-old boy who was attacked by a dog are keen to thank a member of public who came to their aid.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was bitten by the Staffordshire terrier and bull mastiff cross as he walked with his father along Canal Walk, Swindon, on June 23 this year.
The dog left the child with multiple puncture wounds to his leg.
After the incident, a woman came to help the family and bought the boy a pirate toy from the nearby Disney store to help take his mind off his injuries.
The family are keen to track down this woman to express their thanks.
On August 28, John Caisley, 52, of Curtis Street, and Anita Marshall, 41, from Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court in relation to the incident.
Both admitted being in charge of a dog and allowing it to be dangerously out of control in a public place and cause injury.
Each were fined £150, made to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Local Crime Investigator Sarah Carter said: “This was a nasty incident which has left this little boy with physical and mental scars.
“The family are keen to find the woman who bought him a toy, as this little gesture helped calm him down at what was a very scary time.
“They want to thank her personally for her act of kindness.
“This case does reinforce the need for all dog owners to have their animals under control, especially in a crowded public places such as Swindon town centre.
“This incident could have been much worse but could still have been prevented.”
If you are the woman who brought the toy and would like to speak to the family contact Sarah Carter on 101.