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Shropshire baby hurt in dog attack

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A SEVEN-MONTH-OLD Shropshire boy is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a dog at his home. A SEVEN-MONTH-OLD Shropshire boy is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a dog at his home. William Jaunderell suffered serious multiple injuries when he was attacked by a farm dog in Peplow, near Market Drayton. The youngster has undergone major surgery at Birmingham Children's Hospital to try to save a leg which was badly injured in the attack. Read more in today's Shropshire Star

A SEVEN-MONTH-OLD Shropshire boy is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a dog at his home.

William Jaunderell suffered serious multiple injuries when he was attacked by a farm dog in Peplow, near Market Drayton.

The youngster has undergone major surgery at Birmingham Children's Hospital to try to save a leg which was badly injured in the attack.

The baby was in a car when the dog got in through an open window and started "bouncing" on him.

A family member, who did not want to be named, said she found the dog in the car.

"I went to the car and the dog had jumped through the front window which the mum had kept open to keep him cool and was bouncing at him," she said.

"It was the shin area he severed.

"It was a farm dog but was a pet as well and had shown no previous signs of doing anything."

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She said the dog, which was about five-years-old, had been destroyed by a vet immediately after the attack.

Hopeful

William was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital, whose staff were praised for the way they looked after the boy and his parents.

The family member said: "They are just fantastic. The staff are visiting them all the time and keeping them informed, which does keep them hopeful.

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"So far he hasn't had any infection, which was quite crucial."

Sergeant Tony Merrick said: "The incident was reported to police on Friday morning by a vet who had been asked to destroy a border collie dog the previous day after it had attacked a baby on a farm in the Peplow area.

"Inquiries are at a very early stage and the exact circumstances of the incident are yet to be established."

John Hawker, spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service, said they received an emergency call at 4.35pm on Thursday and an ambulance, rapid response vehicle, an incident support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance helicopter were all sent to the scene.

The boy had suffered "multiple serious injuries" and was airlifted to hospital after emergency treatment at the scene.

By Suzanne Roberts

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