Mum's trauma as dog attacks son

A SHOCKED mum had to pull a dog off her 16-month-old son in a Weston park after it knocked him over and pinned his face on the grass with its jaws

A SHOCKED mum had to pull a dog off her 16-month-old son in a Weston park after it knocked him over and pinned his face on the grass with its jaws.Suzie Grinham, who lives in a flat in Stafford Road, takes her young son to Clarence Park in Walliscote Road every week because they do not have a garden.He was playing a couple of feet away from her, near the flowerbeds, when a dog pounced on him from behind and clamped its jaws round the boy's neck.Mrs Grinham, aged 29, said: "The dog knocked my son over from behind and pinned him face down onto the grass with his jaws around the back of my son's neck. I pulled the dog off my son and frantically grabbed him, checking him to make sure he wasn't cut or bitten."I was so angry and upset and just shocked about what could have happened. The only apology offered by the owner before he hurried out of the park was that the dog was just a puppy."Mrs Grinham said she has not been to the park since, but luckily her son does not seem to have been badly affected by the incident.She said: "I'm always a bit nervy about dogs anyway. The owners always say they're OK but you just don't know. I haven't taken him back there on my own because I'm worried it'll come back. "At the time I was very much in shock, but am now extremely angry and upset that this dog was allowed to run around the park, uncontrolled and without a leash. "My son and I were extremely lucky to have escaped physical injury, however the image of the dog lying on my son's back with his jaw around my son's neck I will never forget and am now frightened to take my son to play in the parks. I hope that my son will be too young to ever remember this.


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