Police still hunting for owners of dog that bit boy at Swanage pub

A seven year old is lucky to be recovering after a dog reportedly bit the boy’s head in a Swanage beer garden but police still need to speak to the dog owners.

The incident happened around 5.15 pm on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 at the Crows Nest Inn in Ulwell Road and now police are urging the man and woman to ‘do the right thing and come forward’.

The Crow's nest inn pub

The Crows Nest Inn in Ulwell Road is a popular pub near to the seafront

Dog owners left the pub shortly after the incident

It’s understood that the dog owners left the pub shortly after the incident without leaving their details.

In a bid to track them down, Dorset Police have issued a photo of the two people they would like to speak to. The image has also been published in The Sun newspaper.

Dorset Police say that the boy’s injury required surgery but is not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Man and woman with dog close up
Dorset Police

The man and woman who the police wish to question, with their dog

“Please do the right thing and come forward”

Police constable Alistair James, of Purbeck police, said:

“This was understandably a distressing incident for the young boy involved and his family and we hope he makes a full recovery from his injury.

“We are conducting enquiries into this matter and have obtained an image of a man and woman with the dog that was believed to be involved. We are keen to speak to these people so we can take their account of what happened.

“I would urge anyone with information relating to their identity to please come forward. I would also ask the man and woman pictured to please do the right thing and come forward.

“I would also like to hear from any witnesses to the incident who have not already spoken to police.”

Contact Dorset Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230067142.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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