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A brave young mother protected her 20-month-old child from an XL Bully after the youngster was attacked by the dog, new pictures show.

The child, who she says had blood pouring from his leg, was airlifted to hospital but luckily his injuries are not thought life-threatening nor life-changing.

Thomas Ackah, 29, the dog’s owner was arrested at the scene and charged with being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog.

One witness described her horror at hearing ‘screams’ outside her home and running outside to find a powerful dog attacking the toddler – who was with his mother – outside the Doubletree by Hilton in Greenwich, London, yesterday morning. 

The dog has been taken to kennels and police say tests are being carried out to confirm the breed – but it is understood to be an XL Bully, which is to be banned from the UK after a spate of attacks.

The owner of the dog tried to calm it down, as shown in these pictures obtained by MailOnline, while the mother can be seen shielding her child

The mother cradles the youngster after the attack as the man tries to control the dog 

Thomas Ackah, 29, the dog’s owner was arrested at the scene and charged with being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog

The terrifying incident, which took place in Catherine Grove at around 10.10am on Monday morning, saw the child’s screams pierce the air, according to one eye-witness

Police were called to Catherine Grove (pictured) in Greenwich on Monday morning after a child was attacked by a dog

The terrifying incident, which took place in Catherine Grove at around 10.10am on Monday morning, saw the child’s screams pierce the air, according one young mother.

She said: ‘I heard these screams – which lasted quite a while – and so I went outside to see what was going on.

‘There was a large group of people on the road outside the hotel. As I got nearer I could see a young boy crying and being comforted.

‘His mother was by his side in shock. She was shaking and asking people ‘is he going to be ok? Is he going to be alright?’

‘The boy had a bite mark on his lower left buttock above his thigh and blood was pouring down his leg. I couldn’t see any other bites on him.

‘A staff member at the Hilton had brought out a first aid kit. I’ve got medical experience and I’ve worked in paediatrics so offered to help.

‘An ambulance had already been called. I spoke briefly to the mum. I haven’t seen her before locally, she was in Indian lady. I think she may well have been a guest at the hotel or had been to visit someone there.

‘She was just in a complete daze and I did all I could to reassure her. She went with the boy inside the hotel and the ambulance arrived soon afterwards.’

A nearby resident told MailOnline: ‘The first I knew something had happened was when I heard a woman screaming, screaming like I’ve never heard before.

‘I opened the door and walked down the steps to my front gate and could see that a crowd of people were coming out of the Hilton Hotel across the road from me.

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‘The attack was taking place in the road outside and I could see that people wanted to get involved and to help but they were reluctant to get close.

‘At this point I couldn’t hear a dog barking or snarling or anything like that and I thought maybe there were people fighting with knives.

‘There was a tree and shrubbery blocking my view of what was going on but it became clear that a dog had attacked a young child and it the mother who I’d heard screaming.

‘The owner of the dog was carrying a mop and bucket – he’d obviously just come from the shops – and was walking away from the scene with the animal.

‘A few men from the hotel followed him around the road and then the police arrived. The police leapt out and arrested the man. He was put in the back of a van with his dog and taken away.

‘Meanwhile an ambulance had arrived and the toddler was carried on board. I’m so glad and relieved the child is going to be alright.

‘I can’t say if the dog owner had the animal on a lead, I didn’t see one and I suspect not because he was carrying a load of awkward stuff from the shop.’

The woman said the owner of the dog was arrested just outside her house.

She added: ‘When I’d got to the scene, there was a dog nearby – it looked like an XL bully or at least some sort of pit bull – which was being restrained by the owner.

‘He was trying to walk off – he wasn’t running away or anything but there were people shouting at him to stay put.

‘This man continued to walk away with his dog for about 30-seconds or so and then the police arrived and stopped him.

‘The officers spoke to him at length and then gave him the chance to say goodbye to his dog before it was taken away.

‘His dog was muzzled and taken off into a van. As soon as the dog was gone, the man was handcuffed and put into another police van and taken away.’

Another local Nick Peter told how he tried to help the stricken child.

Writing on a local Facebook group yesterday, he said: ‘As some of you may have heard, at about 10:10 today a Bully dog attacked a 20 month old child outside the Hilton on

Catherine Grove. I was first on the scene – thank you to all those who helped.

New NHS data has revealed that there was a record number of dog attacks in the UK last year. Pictured: American XL Bully dog. The breed will be banned in the UK by the end of the year

‘The child is ok, was taken to hospital by ambulance, owner arrested, the dog has been seized. Police have lots of CCTV and statements.

‘The owner was a young black male, wearing a tracksuit and with his hair in braids.

‘The dog looked like a large American Bully type breed, and was light brown.

‘Some local residents have said they have seen this man walking with two dogs (I.E the above dog and a similar looking one), both off the lead.

‘The police have asked that anyone that sees this man with another dog should call the police.

‘Thanks again to all who helped. Not trying to scaremonger but do take care if you see those dogs – especially those with children.’

A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10:10hrs on Monday, 2 October to reports that a 20-month-old child has been bitten by a dog in Catherine Grove, SE10.

‘Officers attended along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service.

‘The child was taken to hospital where his injuries were assessed as not life-threatening or life-changing.

‘The dog and its owner were located by officers. The owner was arrested and the dog was seized and taken to police kennels.

‘On Tuesday, 3 October, Thomas Ackah, 29, of Old Kent Road, SE1, was charged with being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog.

‘He is due to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 3 October.’

It comes after Rishi Sunak vowed to ban XL Bully dogs following a number of high-profile cases, including the deaths of children, that involved the breed.

Last month a man died after a suspected XL Bully attack in Stonnall, Staffordshire, the third incident involving allegedly out-of-control dogs in the West Midlands in less than a week.

The fatality occurred just a day after a ten-year-old boy was attacked by a dog while playing football less than three miles away. Less than a week earlier, an XL Bully mauled an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham.  

According to NHS data there were a record 9,424 hospital admissions from dog attacks for 2022, a number that has risen by a third in a decade.

The XL Bully has been behind the majority of fatal dog attacks in the UK since 2021, being responsible for ten out of 14 of the fatal attacks.

The Prime Minister has described American Bully XLs as ‘a danger to our communities, particularly our children’.

Mr Sunak said he has ordered ministers to convene a panel of experts, including the police, to define the breed so it can then be outlawed.

‘The American XL Bully dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children,’ he said.

‘I share the nation’s horror at the recent videos we’ve all seen. Yesterday we saw another suspected XL Bully dog attack, which has tragically led to a fatality.

‘It’s clear this is not about a handful of badly trained dogs: it’s a pattern of behaviour and it cannot go on.

‘While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, I want to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public.

‘Today, I have tasked ministers to bring together police and experts to firstly define the breed of dog behind these attacks with a view to then outlawing it.

‘It is not currently a breed defined in law so this vital first step must happen fast.

‘We will then ban the breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act and new laws will be in place by the end of the year.’

While the ban has been welcomed by many, XL Bully owners have reacted angrily and rushed to defend their dogs.

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