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Boy in coma after dog attack

Keiron Guess Photo: Meridian

Dave Guess tells Divya Kohli how his grandson was savaged by the dog. Two-year-old Keiron Guess from Swindon was put into an induced coma after seven hours of surgery for facial injuries. Dave was also injured in the attack. Police have issued a statement, below.

Police statement: "Police in Swindon are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the injuries received by two-year-old Keiron Guess on Sunday (3 June).

He was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with serious facial injuries after the incident in a neighbour’s garden.

Chief Insp Keith Ewart, Head of Response Operations in Swindon, said: “Our thoughts are with Keiron and his family at what must be a particularly traumatic time and everyone at Wiltshire Police wishes Keiron a speedy recovery.

“We can confirm that this incident happened in a privately owned garden in Swanage Walk in the Moredon area of the town.

“Any investigation must remain within the framework of the law and in this case the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 does not apply because the dog was on private premises at the time of the incident.

“In this case the animal was voluntarily surrendered to the police and was examined and found to be a Staffordshire bull terrier. It is not illegal to own a Staffordshire bull terrier. However the dog was destroyed with the full consent of the owner.

“Wiltshire Police continue to make enquiries into all aspects of this incident.

“We can confirm that we attended the address where the incident happened in September 2011 and two dogs were subsequently examined to determine whether they were illegally bred.

“A qualified expert examined both dogs and found that they were Staffordshire bull terriers and that the owners were lawfully in possession. No offences were revealed in relation to these dogs.”