COURAGEOUS Karl Morson shows off his football skills in his new Sunderland AFC shirt – just a week after he was mauled by a vicious Rottweiler.
The five-year-old Black Cats fanatic (pictured), of Sulgrave, Washington, is on the road to recovery after the savage attack, which has left him scarred for life.
His precious SAFC top was left covered in blood following the incident, so the Echo stepped in to give Karl a treat with a new one.
Karl, known to friends and family as Mitch, has already had to go back to see doctors after the stitches to his injuries came apart.
The youngster’s grandfather Dave, 70, said: “He is still a bit timid about dogs.
“He doesn’t want to be anywhere near them at the minute.
“Personally, I have got nothing against dogs, but ones like that should be kept on a muzzle or on a chain all the time.” Karl was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital for emergency surgery following the attack, which happened when he was playing with friends near his Wellington Court home, last Monday.
With mum Lisa, 30, Dave and uncle JonJo, 25, at his side, he was allowed home soon after an operation on his face.
“It will never go away,” said Dave.
“We had to take him to the drop-in centre, but he’s going back to the hospital and they might keep him in.”
The owners of the dog agreed following the attack that the Rottweiler be put down, which Karl’s family say they are happy with.
“He has lost his dog with it having to be put down, which we think is sufficient,” added Dave.
Despite his horrific injuries, Karl is still expected to start back at Usworth Grange Primary School next month.
Dave added that the family would like to thank friends living nearby for supporting Karl.
“Everybody’s had a kind word for him. They’ve all been saying how brave he was,” said Dave.
“There are quite a few people who have bought him some things.
“He goes to a disco on a Thursday and the people there bought loads of Sunderland memorabilia for him.”
l A 49-year-old man has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.