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.