Child savaged by family rottweilers
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The 8-year-old boy's older sister watched in horror as the pair of rottweilers - the family's pets - tossed him into the air during the attack in Bromley, Christchurch, about 8am Saturday.
The boy was rushed to hospital with serious wounds to his scalp, face and legs.
He will have to spend several days in hospital and undergo plastic surgery to repair his wounds, police said this afternoon.
The owners of the dogs have surrendered them to dog control and they will be destroyed, a Christchurch City Council council spokeswoman said.
Police are investigating and the owners could be prosecuted.
It is understood the child had taken the dogs for a walk in Linfield Park when the attack happened.
Inspector Derek Erasmus said the attack was witnessed by the victim's sister.
"It's been described as particularly vicious including the boy being thrown in the air by the dogs," Erasmus said.
The dogs were owned by the boy's family, he said.
Matthew Pay, who is employed by the boy's father, said the victim got out of bed on Saturday and let the dogs out for a walk "and they must have turned on him".
"The daughter saw what was happening and alerted Ralph [her father].
"Ralph ran out, kicked the dogs [off] and probably saved [his son's] life.
"It's a tough time for Ralph - I really, really feel for him. I hope everything gets better for them with time."
St John South Island communications advisor Ian Henderson said the boy was "very brave" despite his injuries.
A Canterbury District Health Board spokesperson said the family had asked for total privacy. The hospital would not release the boy's condition.
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