Man, 60, arrested following American XL bully dog attack in Birmingham
West Midlands Police has said that a man aged 60 has been arrested following a dog attack in Bordesley Green in Birmingham in which a girl, 11, was injured
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Ana Paun, 11, was savaged by the dog in Bordesley Green as she walked to the shops with her 18-year-old sister on Saturday (September, 9). The out of control hound clamped its jaw around her arm and shoulder before running off and attacking car wash worker Yousef Ahadzai and another man.
The horror was captured in footage which shocked the nation, prompting Home Secretary Suella Braverman to call on banning the breed.
Today (Wednesday, September 13) West Midlands Police has revealed a 60-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident. The force revealed previously the dog owner was also hospitalised during the attack. A police spokesperson said: "A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dog dangerously out of control. He has been bailed with conditions while enquiries continue. The dog currently remains in secure kennels." The dog was taken to a vet before being transferred into secure kennels and it is now expected to be destroyed.
Speaking this week, Ana told how she backed calls to have the breed banned after she was brutally attacked by the powerful beast. She said: "At the time I just felt panic. I went to the shop with my sister. The dog was staring at me. He jumped on my arm and bit me.
"It was so scary. I was screaming. He let my arm go and then bit my shoulder. I feel a bit better now. I went with the ambulance. I want him [the dog] to go away, to die. I think all of the dogs, the bull dogs, all of them should be banned. The owner should be in prison because he never did anything, he just let the dog bite everyone."
Her mum Monica, 32, added: "She’s fine. She’s been to hospital but she’s fine, recovering now. I’m thanking to God she is alive."
Yousef also told of his fear as he was attacked on the forecourt of a Texaco petrol station and said: "I was scared. The dog bit me. The dog was out of control, it went crazy.I saw the girl be attacked, she was bitten. I saw the dog and I came out. I was really scared."
Harrowing CCTV showed how the sustained attack lasted for more than two minutes with the dog also attacking several people. While others fled, some brave have-a-go-heroes stayed behind and courageously tried to being the animal under control. The video shows how onlookers tried to hit the snarling mutt with a spade and a broom while one man even tried squirting it with petrol.
Police previously praised the members of the public who tried to tackle "such a ferocious dog". A force spokesperson said: "This was an alarming and shocking incident on a busy road in high temperatures and members of the public showed immense courage in tackling such a ferocious dog.
"We are taking statements from the victims and witnesses, and will have increased patrols in the area for anyone who would like to speak to us."