The principal of a primary school in Northern Ireland, has confirmed that a dog which attacked a five-year-old boy, was being shown to the schoolchildren as "a last day of term treat".
The boy who is receiving treatment in hospital was bitten on the face, while in the playground of Carniny Primary School, Ballymena. Four adults were present at the time of the incident. The dog has now been put down.
– Raymond Ross, Principal of Carniny Primary School
The dog was in a very controlled position. A number of children had the opportunity to stroke the dog and then suddenly the dog turned on the little child, as if it flicked its head to one side and caught the child in the face.