Boy mauled by Rottweiler on Southend seafront
A boy has received serious arm and back injuries after being
mauled by a Rottweiler on Southend seafront.
The seven-year-old boy, who is from Westcliff, was paddling in
the sea on Eastern Esplanade in the area opposite the turning for
Chelsea Avenue at around 4.15pm on Friday, August 5, 2011.
A man came walking along the beach with two Rottweiler dogs, who
both ran into the water where the boy was playing.
One of the dogs grabbed hold of the boy across his left shoulder
and had its mouth across the boy’s chest, back and arm. The
boy was forced under the water which was about two feet
Pc Rob Kirk, the investigating officer, picks up the story: "The
boy’s grandmother had to physically pull the dog from the boy for
fear it was going to drown the child or continue to bite him to
death. It must have been a terrifying ordeal for all
After the grandmother pulled the dog away, both dogs and
their owner ran back onto the promenade, then over the road and up
Chelsea Avenue towards Southchurch Park.
The dog walker is described as a black man in his 30s, about 6ft
4ins tall and of slim build with short black hair. He
was wearing a blue top and jeans. Early enquiries
suggest he lives in Southend.
The boy sustained around 20 puncture wounds to his torso and
arms, including a 2 inch cut to his forearm. He has since had
two lots of surgery and he currently remains at Broomfield Hospital
in Chelmsford receiving treatment to his wounds.
Pc Kirk continued: "Someone out there must know someone fitting
this description who walks two Rottweiler dogs.
"He allowed this dog to be dangerously out of control in a public
place and a young lad has been left with horrific injuries, both
physical and emotional I am sure.
"Please tell me who this dog walker is so we can take appropriate
action to ensure it does not happen again.”
Pc Kirk can be contacted at Southend police station on 0300