HIS face left ravaged by a wild dog, five-year-old Karl Morson is today recovering in hospital.
The youngster, of Sulgrave, Washington, has scars across his face after the attack by a Rottweiler close to his home.
Sitting by his bed at Sunderland Royal Hospital just as he came out of surgery, Karl’s family spoke of their shock.
His grandfather, Dave, 70, said: “He plays out with his friends inside a safe enclosure. But the dog got out and chewed at his face and arms.”
Skin on Karl’s face was left hanging off as he was rushed to hospital.
Along with Dave, Karl’s mum Lisa, 30, and uncle JonJo, 25, have been left heartbroken by the incident, which means the youngster, who goes to Usworth Grange Primary School, will be scarred for life.
The Echo understands the owner of the dog has now decided it should be put down.
A visibly upset Dave said: “The dog pinned him to the ground. He was trying to fight it off because it was biting him.”
Mum Lisa was too upset to speak today.
“She is just devastated and she can’t stop crying,” said Dave.
Mr Morson said it was the right thing for the dog to be put down.
“It’s a dangerous dog that shouldn’t be allowed,” said Mr Morson. “That kind of dog should be on a muzzle or a chain.”
Karl though has surprised his relatives by staying upbeat despite the horrific experience.
Mr Morson added: “For a five-year-old boy he’s been great. His mam was crying but he was telling her not to. He was more bothered about whether his Sunderland top was all right.”
Despite his ordeal, Karl, of Wellington Court, is now eager to get back home.
He is also ready to start back at school when term starts in less than a fortnight.
Dave added: “Now the anaesthetic is wearing off after his operation he is getting back to his old self.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report at just after 3pm on Monday, August 22, of a five-year-old boy having been bitten by a Rottweiler dog at an address in Sulgrave, Washington.
“The child was taken to hospital with facial injuries. The owner of the dog has made arrangements for it to be put down. Inquiries are ongoing.”