Dog owner ignored Leeds bite victim’s screams for help

Dog bite victim Muhammad Khizer Mahmood with his father Abdul Qayyum
Dog bite victim Muhammad Khizer Mahmood with his father Abdul Qayyum
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A SCHOOLBOY who was bleeding and in pain after being bitten by a dog in a Leeds park has told how the animal’s owner ignored his screams for help.

Muhammad Khizer Mahmood, 14, suffered a two-inch bite wound to his right leg during the terrifying incident in Brickfield Park off Lady Pit Lane, Beeston, just before 11.30am last Saturday.

The  two inch wound to Muhammad Khizer Mahmood's right leg

The two inch wound to Muhammad Khizer Mahmood's right leg

South Leeds Academy student Mahmood, of Beeston, said he was chased by three dogs.

One smaller dog scratched through his jeans before the largest of the three dogs bit him, causing a nasty wound.

Muhammed, who was crying in pain and shouting for help, stood on a park bench in a bid to get out of the way as the larger dog jumped up at him.

Muhammed said: “I said to the dog’s owner that I was bleeding, but he didn’t say anything. He was just looking at me. He was calling the dog, but it didn’t go to him.

“After about three minutes he put the dog on a lead and walked away. I just thought what is he doing?’”

Muhammed was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment to the wound and had to have a tetanus jab.

He has suffered bouts of sickness since the incident, has had to take two days off school.

Muhammed’s father Abdul Qayyum, 42, said: “This man didn’t even ask if he was OK. My son was screaming and shouting.

“People should keep their dogs under control. I would urge people to tell police who this man is.”

PC Tracey Wilby of West Yorkshire Police, said: “He called to the dogs’ owner that he was bleeding and the owner eventually put the dog on a lead. At no point did he ask how the boy was or offer any help.

The other two dogs chased the boy but fortunately didn’t bite him. The dog owner then left the park with the dogs.”

Police said the dogs’ owner is described as white, fat and aged in his fifties. He was wearing a blue hooded top.

At the time of the incident, there was another man sat on a bench in the park who saw what happened. Police are interested in speaking to him.

Anyone who knows the identity of the dogs’ owner, or who has any information that could assist the investigation, is asked to contact PC 708 Wilby at Elland Road via 101.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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