Granny and toddler suffer serious injuries in dog attack
A three-year-old boy and his grandmother have suffered serious injuries in a dog attack at a farm.
Police said the grandmother sustained numerous bite wounds as she tried to protect the child from a French mastiff which had escaped from a pen.
The child suffered a broken leg and facial injuries in the incident in a yard at the family farm in mid-Staffordshire at about 5pm yesterday.
The boy is in a stable condition at Birmingham Children's Hospital after an operation.
His grandmother was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital and has also undergone an operation to treat her wounds.
A police spokesman said the dog has been destroyed and a man in his 60s had been arrested and bailed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Inspector Bob Champeau, from Staffordshire Police, said: "This was a very distressing incident for those involved to deal with.
"Police and ambulance crews attending had to work quickly with those at the farm to bring the dog under control before they were able to treat the two injured people.
"It's our role now to support those injured and their family whilst we establish the circumstances which led to the dog attacking them."
The incident occurred in an isolated location and no other members of the community were put at risk, Mr Champeau added.