A four-year-old boy had to have his ear sewn back on after being attacked by a dog in a Merseyside home.
Youngster David House was attacked by the Akita dog at a home on Moss Lane, Litherland on Tuesday afternoon.
Merseyside Police said the dog was thought to have attacked the boy after he held food in front of it.
The force said after the attack officers had warned the dog’s owner not to leave it unsupervised around children again, but the animal had not been destroyed.
David, who was visiting Liverpool from Kent with family, was taken to Alder Hey Hospital where he had to have stitches to his ear, face and to three layers of skin on the top of his head.
His dad, also called David, said: “We want to warn people to beware of having dogs around children when they are not used to them.
“We have two family dogs at home and David is used to being around them so he’s not timid or scared like some children.
“This dog obviously wasn’t used to children.”
David House, four, before he was attacked by a dog
Mr House, who came up from Kent to be with his son in hospital on Wednesday, said: “His ear was pulled away from his head and had to be stitched back on.
“It is still a bit wonky and he has got to go to the plastic surgery hospital near us next week because it might need more work.
“He had stitches to his face and head.
“On the top of his head the bite had gone right down to the bone and he had to have stitches to three layers of skin.
“To be fair, he is coping fine.
“He is on heavy painkillers but he is absolutely fine, although he will be scarred on the top of his head.”
The four-year-old was discharged from hospital yesterday after a two-night stay.
Police said they were called to the house on Moss Lane in Litherland just before 2.30pm on Tuesday and found paramedics treating David for cuts to his head and ear.
Officers subsequently spoke to the occupants of the house and established the dog belonged in the house, which the boy had been visiting with his family.
A police spokesman said: “The dog is believed to have jumped up at the boy after he dangled some food in front of it.
“An adult intervened and immediately put the dog in the back garden and called the ambulance.
“Dog patrols have assessed the dog and it is an Akita and therefore not a banned breed.”
Police said the boy’s mum had not made a complaint about the incident.
The spokesman added: “Officers have advised the dog’s owner, who was not present at the time of the incident, not to leave children unsupervised with the dog in future.”