Plea to owners after unleashed dog attacks boy in Leeds park

Five-year-old Ryan Mir who was bitten on the leg by a dog in Cross Flatts Park
Five-year-old Ryan Mir who was bitten on the leg by a dog in Cross Flatts Park
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The parents of a boy who was bitten by a dog as he played in a Leeds park have called on owners to keep their pets on leashes.

Four-year-old Ryan Mir needed hospital treatment after a dog bit him on the leg in Cross Flatts Park in Beeston.

The owner called the animal back to her before quickly leaving the park – as Ryan’s mother, Adeela, tried to stop her.

Police are still trying to track the woman down.

Now Ryan’s father, Anjum, 49, is appealing to owners to keep control of their dogs in public places.

“Other parents need to be aware that this can happen and I want to appeal to dog owners that there are lots of children who play there and it could happen to anybody,” he said.

“Fortunately the dog didn’t carry on its attack, but it could have been a lot worse.

“I’m not saying they shouldn’t take their dogs into the park, but when they do they need to make sure they’re under control.”

Ryan was with his three siblings in the park last Thursday afternoon when the dog ran over and clamped its jaws around his leg.

After releasing him, the dog ran towards its owner, who was wearing Wellington boots and a green raincoat.

She left the park as Mrs Mir tried to confront her.

Ryan was taken to hospital, where the wound was treated and his leg was bandaged.

Mr Mir said: “We just moved to this area and one of the reasons we wanted to live in Beeston was to be so close to the park.

“Now are children are terrified to go back there because of what happened.”

It is an offence to be the owner of a dog that is dangerously under control in a public place.

The maximum penalty is a fine of £5,000 or six month in prison. Anyone one found guilty may also be banned from keeping dogs.

Last month a 56-year-old woman was ordered to pay £500 in compensation to the family of six-year-old Layla Musse, from Burmantofts, after she was mauled by a Staffordshire bull terrier.

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