A 13-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a dog attack in Bradford.
The teenager, who has been named locally as 'Luca' was left with serious neck injuries after the dog, reported to be a bulldog, attacked him while he was visiting his cousin in the Little Horton area of Bradford.
Neighbours say 'Luca' dragged himself away from the dog screaming: "I'm going to die. I'm going to die."
One local woman told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus that her partner had tried to help the teenager escape.
"The dog was just attacking him and there were two girls there and they were just screaming and shouting because they thought the dog might be trying to get them too," she said. "Dean, my partner, went in and heard what was happening. He went in and saw the little boy lying on the floor and the dog was attacking him.
"He didn't know what to do, so he hit the dog with a shovel, just to try and get him off the little boy and he started kicking him. The dog kept on going back to the boy who was trying to get away.
"The little boy managed to drag himself upstairs. He was crying and was saying, 'I'm going to die, I'm going to die.' Dean said to him, 'Get upstairs and shut that door.' Luckily, he managed to do that. When he got upstairs, he was dizzy and his eyes were all over the place."
Police then arrived and shot the dog so emergency services could get to the boy and treat him for his injuries.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "On arrival officers were unable to get to the injured child. Armed officers shot the dog to allow emergency services to attend to him.
"The child was then taken to Leeds General Infirmary where his condition is this morning described as stable, with injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.
"Enquiries are now ongoing as to the breed of the dog and to establish whether any criminal offence has been committed."
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