A schoolboy has been permanently disfigured after being mauled by dogs, his family say.
Abdul Aziz Khaled, 11, was set upon as he returned home from a nearby park with his brother, Hafiz, 14.
The little boy was attacked by two Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dogs near his family home in Brockworth Crescent, Frenchay, Bristol at around 6pm Wednesday.
Police described his injuries as “life-changing,” and his mother Maaza, 37, demanded to know why some of the dogs remained with their owner.
Abdul Aziz was rushed to Bristol Children’s Hospital, where plastic surgeons spent four hours treating wounds to his face and arms.
Maaza, 37, said: “He had plastic surgery and the doctors said he will have the scar for the rest of his life.
“It’s bigger than six centimetres on the left hand side of his face. It is just destroying his future.”
She is worried that it will knock Abdul Aziz’s confidence and make her son self-conscious.
Maaza got a call from a neighbour telling her the child had been taken to hospital, when she was at work.
“Until I saw my son in the hospital, I did not think anyone could be bitten as badly as that,” she said.
“His cheek is gone and his right arm and left hand have both been bitten.
“He had surgery last night – he needed it immediately. They did plastic surgery on his face and he had an operation on his arm.”
She believed three dogs had been involved in the attack, and had chased the two boys as they returned from the park and attacked Abdul Aziz after he fell over.
Brave passersby pulled the dogs off the child and one was seized by police.
Maaza said: “I want to see the dog owners arrested and interviewed by police.
“My message is for all mums to take care of their kids. Don’t think about some people having dogs that will be trained enough.
“I know, and my kids know, these dogs are dangerous.They know not to go near the fence.
“The owner left the gate open and the dogs went across the road and bit my son.
Their owner is enjoying the sunshine with his dogs, and my son is in pain.”
Doctors are waiting to do blood tests on Abdul Aziz to check for any infections, but his mum is looking forward to him coming home.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “We were called to a report of a child having been bitten by a dog at Brockworth Crescent in Frenchay, Bristol, yesterday (18/04) at about 6.20pm.
“The child was taken to hospital by ambulance with life changing injuries to the arm and face. The dog has been seized and enquiries are on-going.”
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