Shropshire

Baby mauled by sheepdog at Market Drayton farm

A seven-month-old baby from Shropshire is recovering after being badly bitten by a sheepdog.

William Jaundrell, from Wellington, had been to his grandparents' farm near Market Drayton when the dog jumped into his mother's car as he sat inside.

He was treated for serious leg injuries at Birmingham Children's Hospital after the incident last Thursday.

The dog, a six-year-old Border Collie, has been put down. The dog was not used to the baby, the boy's family said.

His father Chris, an electrician, said his son was in "high spirits" after being released from hospital.

'Out of character'

"He is in high spirits. He came home today and he is recovering well, but we have to taken him back for X-rays and check-ups.

"One thing I will say about the whole thing is what a fantastic health service we have, they have done a brilliant job."

He added the attack by the animal, a working sheepdog called Bill, was "very out of character".

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "The incident was reported to the police on Friday morning by a vet who had been asked to destroy a border collie dog the previous day after it had attacked a baby on a farm in the Peplow area.

"The child suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to Birmingham Children's hospital, where he has undergone surgery.

"He is recovering well at this time.

"Enquiries are at a very early stage and exact circumstances of the incident have yet to be established."

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