A FOUR-year-old boy was mauled by a giant pitbull in a terrifying attack outside a busy supermarket.
The youngster was savaged by the hulking XL American Bully outside a Sainsbury’s store in Wolverhampton, West Mids.
Shocked onlookers told how the boy ran past the dog towards his dad when the animal suddenly leapt at him.
A supermarket worker said: “There were a couple of police cars, a paramedic and an ambulance here.
“It looked nasty. He was just a little lad and the dog was much bigger than him.
“He got bitten on his upper leg from what I understand.”
The dog was seized by police from outside the Kenmare Way superstore just before 11.30am.
The boy was taken to hospital for treatment. Police said his injuries were not thought to be life-changing.
Sergeant Robert Pritchard, from Wolverhampton Police, said: “The child was taken to hospital for treatment but his physical injuries are not believed to be life-changing and we wish him well for a speedy recovery.
“He must have been very frightened.
“The dog, thought to be an American Bully XL, was seized by officers at the scene and is now being looked after in our kennels.
“It’s breed will be confirmed as part of our investigation.
“We have the owner’s details and have already spoken to them. We will we will be in regular contact with them and the boy’s family.”
The American bully breed is divided into four categories – Pocket, Standard, Classic and XL.
The largest are heavily muscled and weigh 8st.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to reports of a dog bite.
A spokesman said: “One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene and treated the patients, a boy, for injuries not believed to be serious.
“The child was conveyed to hospital for further treatment.”
Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police on 101, or live chat, quoting investigation number 20/1520.