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A MUM has told how her son begged her to save him after he was mauled by an American Pocket Bully dog.
The 13-year-old was viciously attacked while at a friend's house in Birmingham – with the beast taking chunks out of his leg.
The horror unfolded on Sunday, June 25 at around 1pm as the lad watched his mate play video games.
The boy's mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Birmingham Live: "Within 15 minutes, there was blood everywhere. My son phoned me and said, 'I'm being attacked by a dog, you need to save me Mum'.
"I said to him, 'You need put pressure on it – to stop the bleeding'. He said, 'I've got bits missing from my legs'. He said, 'Please get me an ambulance Mum'."
The attack happened while the schoolboy's friend's dad had gone to the shop – leaving his pal's older sister to bravely fight off the dog.
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The mum said: "My husband arrived after about five minutes and I was there after about seven. He said to me, 'Get an ambulance' in a horrifically panicked sort of a way. I knew then how bad it was.
"My husband works with chainsaws and knew what to do and administered first aid. I ran upstairs and saw the blood. The chaos. The amount of times my son said, 'I'm going to die'."
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So far, no final decision has been made.
The ambulance arrived 25 minutes later and he was rushed to hospital for emergency major surgery.
The teen lost the side of both his ankles, a big chunk of his thigh and had a hole in each leg which needed to be stitched from the inside.
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The mum said: "He was in hospital for three days. He was on morphine due to the pain. And given antibiotics."
It comes after a spate of maulings across the country – including a tragedy where a 52-year-old man died when he was said to be protecting his elderly mum from XL Bully dogs.
The death of Ian Price was the final straw for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who promised to ban the breed.
After the recent attacks the boy told his mum: "Why does nobody know about me? Can we tell my story? This breed is a problem for everybody.'
"I said to him he was a child and didn't want to tell his story for his sake. But he said, 'I'm a child and I am being forgotten about and people won't think twice about having these dogs. I don't want it to happen to them'."
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "We were called to an address off Kings Road, Kingstanding on June 25 after a boy was bitten by a dog.
"Officers attended and seized the dog, taking it to a secure kennel.
"The boy was taken to hospital for treatment for leg injuries. We spoke to all parties and it was mutually agreed that the dog, a Pocket Bully, was put to sleep. No further action has been taken."
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