Boy, 4, mauled by dog on chain

A YOUNGSTER is recovering from a weekend dog attack at Bowraville.

Police said the four-year-old boy had thrown a ball into a garage in Bowra Street at 2pm on Saturday and went to retrieve it.

The dog, a three-year-old German shepherd-cross-dingo, was chained up near the garage door and was microchipped, police said.

The dog pounced on the boy and bit his left calf, leaving a large gash which required emergency surgery at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

The Nambucca Shire Council’s animal control officer seized the dog and a decision was made to destroy it.

In other news, a Macksville boy was released from Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital yesterday after a motocross accident at Port Macquarie.

The 13-year-old, a member of the Coffs Harbour Motorcycle Club, was riding in the 13 years to 16 years 85cc division when he crashed on a jump and landed heavily.

First-aid officers rushed to the teenager’s aid and after assessing him they called in paramedics.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the scene and took the rider – who complained of back pain – and his mum to John Hunter.

He was discharged from the hospital yesterday morning after he was given the all-clear by doctors.

The quick actions of the first-aid officers and ambulance crews and the fact the rider wore the proper safety gear prevented serious injuries, a club spokeswoman said.

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