A seven-month-old boy nearly had his leg bitten off by the family’s pet dog after it leapt through an open window and mauled him in his car seat.
Terrified William Jaunderell suffered horrific injuries after the family’s Border Collie attacked him on the driveway of their farm.
William’s parents watched in horror as the pooch jumped into the car through an open window and began ”bouncing” and ”biting” him.
Yesterday (Tues) surgeons were desperately trying to save William’s leg which was almost bitten off by the dog.
The freak attack happened at the family’s farm in Peplow, near Market Drayton, Shrops., just after 4pm last Thursday (17/06).
A family member, who did not want to be named, said she found the dog in the car.
She said: ”I went to the car and the dog had jumped through the front window which the mum had kept open to keep him cool and was bouncing at him.
”It was the shin area he severed. It was a farm dog but was a pet as well and had shown no previous signs of doing anything.”
The dog, which was five years old, was put to sleep shortly after the attack when a vet was called to the farm.
William was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and rushed into surgery to save his leg.
The family member added: ”They are just fantastic. The staff are visiting them all the time and keeping them informed, which does keep them hopeful.
”So far he hasn’t had any infection, which was quite crucial.”
Sergeant Tony Merrick, of West Mercia Police, said: ”The incident was reported to police on Friday morning by a vet who had been asked to destroy a border collie dog the previous day after it had attacked a baby on a farm in the Peplow area.
”Inquiries are at a very early stage and the exact circumstances of the incident are yet to be established.”