Parents fight for justice after son mauled by dog

The parents of toddler, Keiron Guess, mauled by a vicious dog have called for action to close a loophole that prevented its owner from being prosecuted.

Keiron Guess, aged two, nearly died when he was savaged by a pet thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier or similar during the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

But although the animal was destroyed, its owner could not be punished because the infant was attacked in a private garden and not a public area.

Keiron’s mother, Stacey Drury, 22, told the Daily Mail newspaper: “You don’t see a child looking like Keiron because they don’t normally survive an attack like that.

“He used to be happy and smiley all the time. Now he does have bursts of anger and he has terrible nightmares.”

Doctors gave Keiron a 50/50 chance of survival and he only came round after spending a week in a coma.

Before he was taken for surgery, medics gave his parents just 10 seconds to kiss him goodbye and warned he may not live, they said.

The attack took place when Keiron followed his grandfather outside and then wandered into the back garden of the family’s neighbours, the Kings, in Swindon.

His grandfather, Dave Guess, 49, freed him but his face had been “ripped to shreds,” his father Anthony Guess, 25, said.

“”It was horrific – like something from a horror film,” he told the newspaper. “Not something you see in real life.”

The dog, named Ratty, belonged to Garfield King, who appeared to blame Keiron's family for the attack, saying: "If you’re a parent, you have to look after your children 24 hours a day. If it wasn’t a dog, it could have been a paedophile.”

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, it is an offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place or in a private place where it is not allowed to be.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: “Every dog owner needs to be held responsible for what their animal does and we want to change the law so that if your dog mauls someone on private property you will face prosecution, as happens if an attack takes place in public.”

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