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Dog attacks child in Paphos village

A nine- year-old boy was attacked by an unattended dog in Timi village in Paphos on Tuesday.

The boy was taken to hospital where he received first aid treatment, according to police.

Paphos police spokesman, Nicos Tsapis, said that around 6pm on Tuesday the child was walking down a village street when the dog, a mixed breed, attacked him, unprovoked.

“The father of the boy went to help him and managed to stop the dog. The child was taken to accident and emergency where he received treatment and was released.”

According to police, the boy suffered light injuries, mainly to his arms and hands but had not been bitten.

“The 19-year-old dog owner, who is from the same village, had left the dog unattended and was charged in writing and released by police,” the spokesman said.

He said that the canine’s owner would most probably receive a fine for the offence.

Tsapis said: “The veterinary services co-operated with the police and decided that the dog should be returned to the owner. It was not put to sleep.”

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