On Sunday 30 December 2012 12-year-old Louis Currie was playing on a scooter on Cypress Road, Droylsden, when he was chased by a English Bull terrier that had ran from a nearby house.
The dog forced Louis to the floor and bit and scratched him repeatedly. A passing man attempted to wrestle the dog off him, but the animal continued to attack him.
The man eventually managed to separate the dog from Louis after hitting it with a vacuum cleaner tube and managed to raise the alarm. Louis was taken to hospital where he had treatment for serious bite wounds to his leg. He also suffered puncture wounds to both arms and legs. He is continuing to recover in hospital.
Officers went to the scene and seized the dog. They also located the dog owner, a 35-year-old woman. She has now been summonsed to court for having a dog dangerously out of control. The dog is now in secure kennels awaiting destruction.
PC Michael Biggs, based at Droylsden, said: "The victim was badly mauled by the dog and suffered some nasty injuries.
"While he will be left with some scars, thankfully he shouldn't have any long-term life-altering injuries. This is largely due to the quick thinking and decisive action of a neighbour who sprung into action with little thought for his own safety.
"If he had not intervened then the consequences of this dog attack could have been far worse."