A 12-year-old boy has suffered serious injuries in a dog attack.
The teenager was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his neck following the incident in the Little Horton area of Bradford.
The dog had to be shot dead by police to allow paramedics to get into the end-terrace house to treat the boy.
Before the police arrived, a neighbour confronted the dog and gave the injured boy time to get upstairs and away from the animal.
Another neighbour said: “He’s a real hero.”
The man, who said he only wanted to be known as Dean, said he did not want to discuss the incident any further.
Earlier, his partner told the Telegraph & Argus: “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 little boy managed to drag himself upstairs. He was crying and was saying ‘I’m going to die, I’m going to die’.”
She said: “Even the police said if it wasn’t for Dean, that boy could be dead.”
The woman said the boy managed to flee to safety upstairs but passed out due to his injuries. She said Dean warned unarmed officers not to enter until armed colleagues arrived.
The police smashed a glass panel in the door and killed the animal with two shots through the hole.
Later, the woman was asked what she thought of other neighbours describing Dean as a hero.
She said: “He doesn’t see it like that.”
The boy was reportedly dragged downstairs by the animal while visiting a relative and attacked in the kitchen in an incident that lasted a number of minutes.
Two girls who were also in the house raised the alarm.
Katrina Green, who lives nearby, said she heard sirens and other commotion in the street and did not know what was happening.
“We thought it was a murder at first,” she said, “or that it was a fight.
“I’m really shocked.
“It’s not the dog’s fault, it’s how they bring them up.”
Police said they were called to an address on Frank Street at 7.26pm yesterday and confirmed they to shoot the animal so paramedics could treat the boy.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The child was then taken to Leeds General Infirmary where his condition this morning is described as stable, with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
“Inquiries are now ongoing as to the breed of the dog and to establish whether any criminal offence has been committed.”