Boy, 10, savaged by dog

The wound left by a dog

The wound left by a dog

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A TEN-year-old Wigan schoolboy has been savaged by a dog in his own street.

Callum Koppel was playing outside his home in St John’s Road, Aspull, when an Alsation that lives nearby bounded towards him and sank its fangs into his legs, causing large puncture wounds.

Karl Koppel with son Callum, ten, from Aspull, is recovering at home after being attacked and bitten by a neighbour's dog

Karl Koppel with son Callum, ten, from Aspull, is recovering at home after being attacked and bitten by a neighbour's dog

The victim’s dad, Karl said today that if he had not been there to rescue Callum the animal might even have killed him.

As it was Karl called the police and the dog was taken away. It is currently in a dog pound in Leigh, being assessed.

The police are also investigating the circumstances of the incident and to date no-one has been arrested,

Karl, 49, said: “There were two dogs on our street - a husky and an Alsatian.

Poor Callum was petrified. He is still in a state of shock now. If I hadn’t been there who knows how bad the attack would have been? The dog could have killed him.

Karl Koppel

“As I have a dog of our own, I got a lead and put it on the husky’s collar and shouted to the owner that both dogs were out.

“The Alsatian ran off and in the meantime, Callum came out of our house. The Alsatian jumped over the fence to go back into its own garden but then it cleared the fence again and attacked my son on the pavement.

“I ran up to the dog and gave it a kick and it ran over and jumped back over its fence.

“I took Callum to hospital and he has puncture wounds to both sides of his legs as its fangs went straight in.

“Poor Callum was petrified. He is still in a state of shock now. If I hadn’t been there who knows how bad the attack would have been?

“The dog could have killed him.

“I want to stop this from happening to another child.”

Karl also informed his local councillor, Coun Chris Ready, and the council’s antisocial behaviour team are looking into the matter.

Coun Ready said: “It is disturbing if dogs are roaming about and this attack has happened.

“The anti-social behavioural team will be speaking to the dog’s owners.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said officers had spoken to all parties involved and inquiries were ongoing. He added that no arrests had been made.

The incident involving the St David’s Primary School pupil occurred on Sunday June 28.