Mum assaulted as son, seven, hurt in horror dog attack

Ralfie Brickell (7) who was subjected to an horrific attack by a dog near to his family home in Tipner Portsmouth whilst visiting friends''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131980-0831)
Ralfie Brickell (7) who was subjected to an horrific attack by a dog near to his family home in Tipner Portsmouth whilst visiting friends''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131980-0831)

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A MOTHER has told of the horrific moment she was assaulted while her son lay bleeding on the floor after a dog attack.

Shearon Legg, of Tipner, was visiting a friend’s house with her son Ralfie Brickell when she heard him screaming from outside the house.

The 27-year-old rushed outside to find a dog had clamped its teeth into the seven-year-old’s arm and would not let go.

Fighting the dog, she wrenched it away from her son before calling for help.

But as she shouted for somebody at the house where the dog belonged to call the police, a man punched her.

Shearon, of Hilldowns Avenue, said: ‘I couldn’t believe it.

‘My son was lying bleeding on the floor and a man came up and punched me. It seemed completely unreal.

‘Ralfie had to go into hospital for surgery and it wasn’t until I got home long after that it all caught up with me and I burst into tears.

‘I just couldn’t understand why it happened.’

Ralfie suffered cuts to his arm after the dog attack, which required him to have surgery and stay in hospital.

Shearon added: ‘I pulled the dog off Ralfie but it went for him again.

‘It had gone for his face but luckily he put his arm up and protected himself and it bit his arm instead.

‘His arm had chunks missing from it but at least it wasn’t his face. It could have been a lot worse.’

The incident happened in the afternoon on Thursday in Stamshaw.

The dog has since been put down, but Shearon is still warning other parents to be vigilant.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We can confirm police are investigating a report of a dog biting a young boy at an address in Walden Road in Portsmouth on the evening of Thursday.

‘Officers are also making enquiries into a fight in Walden Road on the same night. A 57-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of common assault. He was questioned and later bailed until July 30, pending further enquiries.

‘Anyone with information can contact police by phoning 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’