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'Hero' rescues dog-attack boy, 13

A man has been hailed a hero after he went into a house where a dog was attacking a 13-year-old boy and fought the animal with a shovel.

The teenager was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his neck following the incident in the Little Horton area of Bradford.

The dog had to be shot dead by police to allow paramedics to get into the end-terrace house to treat the boy.

Before the police arrived, a neighbour confronted the dog and gave the injured boy time to get upstairs and away from the animal.

Another neighbour said: "He's a real hero."

The man, who said he only wanted to be known as Dean, said he did not want to discuss the incident any further.

Earlier, his partner told the Telegraph & Argus: "He didn't know what to do, so he hit the dog with a shovel, just to try and get him off the little boy and he started kicking him. The little boy managed to drag himself upstairs. He was crying and was saying 'I'm going to die, I'm going to die'."

She said: "Even the police said if it wasn't for Dean, that boy could be dead."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The child was then taken to Leeds General Infirmary where his condition this morning is described as stable, with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

"Inquiries are now ongoing as to the breed of the dog and to establish whether any criminal offence has been committed."

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