A BRAVE Wigan schoolboy has told of his terror as he was mauled by a dog near to his home.
Sonnie Harker-Greenall was bitten 12 times by the crazed Staffordshire bull terrier and has since undergone emergency facial surgery.
He is expected to be scarred for life and the dog has since been put down.
The nine-year-old from Winstanley has received treatment at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and heart-breakingly asked his dad, just after the attack, whether he was going to die.
The wounds were so serious, he needed an operation and Sonnie is now on a course of medication, including three different painkillers and antibiotics.
The Wrightington St Joseph’s Primary School pupil was playing football just before the attack in Pepperwood Drive, Winstanley, where he lives with his mum Lucy, older sister and two brothers.
He said: “I was in the nets and the other team scored so I had to go and get the ball.
“It had hit the front door of one of the houses, though, and after the lady opened it, the dog came out and then it attacked me.”
The terrier came out of the house and bit him on the legs, causing him to fall to the ground where it proceeded to bite at him before being dragged away.
But Sonnie, who also lives with his father in Standish, had already been bitten on his face, ear, leg and hip as well as being scratched over his body.
His devastated mother was alerted and medical assistance was immediately sought.
Sonnie added: “It was very scary and it still really hurts.
“My mum and dad have been looking after me and I’m watching lots of films and playing on by xBox and I got a special Welcome Home cake!”
After the attack, Sonnie was first taken to Wigan Infirmary where his dad, Kirk Greenall, met them.
Mr Greenall said: “When I first saw him, he just looked at me and asked if he was going to die.
“Imagine hearing that from your son; it was horrific.
“He was given a tetanus jab and antibiotics and he was so scared when he was receiving his treatment.
“I’m so proud with the way he has handled it all though, he’s been inspiring.
“Around 90 minutes after the attack, I took a photo to send to relatives to show how brave he was being and that he was doing as well as he could be.
“As I took the photo, he put his thumbs up for the camera. He was keeping all our spirits up when it was him who had been attacked; he was making all the nurses laugh and showed amazing courage. I am so proud of him.”
Mr Greenall expects his son to be permanently scarred.
Sonnie came home from hospital after a couple of days but yesterday returned for further assessment.
Mr Greenall repairs trucks for a living and after news of the incident spread, one of the companies he carries out work for – Millers of Longton – had a whip-round and raised £99 for a Game gift voucher for Sonnie.
And while his father has said he is immensely proud of his son and eternally grateful for how people have rallied round, he has called for more to be done after such incidents.
He said: “I feel for the dog as it was only protecting its land but I think owners of animals in these situations should take responsibility.
“People need to be aware of the fact that these dogs can be very dangerous and should be properly handled.”
Police have confirmed that inquiries into the incident are still ongoing.
A spokesman said: “Shortly after 6.10pm on Tuesday, July 10, police were called to Pepperwood Drive, Wigan to reports of a young boy had been bitten by a dog.
“Officers arrived to find a nine-year-old boy had been bitten by a dog. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
“The dog has been destroyed. Inquiries are ongoing.”