YOUNG Billy Baraclough is lucky to be in one piece after an attack by a rottweiler dog left him needing emergency surgery.
The 11-year-old was playing near his home in Bilton when the animal sunk its teeth in his groin, causing a serious injury doctors said was millimetres away from doing permanent damage.
An ambulance crew arrived minutes after the incident last Saturday and treated Billy before taking him to University Hospital, Coventry, where he underwent two hours of intensive surgery.
Billy said: “While I was outside I remember turning around and seeing this dog jump at me.
“It sunk its teeth into me and locked its jaw around my groin and thigh before violently shaking its head from side to side.
“I put my hands on its face and somehow managed to push it off.
“After that I ran home as fast as I could.”
Doctors have said Billy will make a full recovery, much to the relief of his shocked parents Sandra and David.
His mum said: “I was upstairs when I heard a piercing scream. As soon as I heard it I knew there was something seriously wrong.
“When Billy arrived on the doorstep covered in blood I had to let my husband deal with it – I think I went into shock.”
She added: “Throughout the whole ordeal Billy’s been so brave.”
Dad David said: “I don’t know how he managed to run home. If it had been me or any other man I think they would have dropped to the floor and stayed down.
“I can’t imagine what it must have been like - he was incredibly brave. He kept looking at the injury while the ambulance was on its way but I was trying to stop him because of the state he was in.”
A Warwickshire Police spokeswoman said: “The dog in question, a rottweiler, has been handed to police and is now in secure kennels.
“An 18 year old man has been interviewed in relation to this incident and a police investigation is ongoing.”