Dog attack boy needed over 30 stitches


Andrew Osborne


THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who was scarred for life after being attacked by a pet dog last week has required over 30 stitches to repair the damage, it has been revealed.

Little Andrew Osborne was playing with his twin brother Matthew and his older sibling Jamie just yards from his front door when he was mauled by the passing dog, in Easthouses, Dalkeith, Midlothian last Tuesday.

The youngster underwent two emergency facial operations last week and is due back at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital for another today (Tues).

Distraught mum Barbara has revealed the sickening attack left Andrew with four deep cuts to his cheek, nose and lip that required 34 stitches.

But the dog’s owner has admitted the attack was “totally out of character” for her pet, and that she is “deeply upset” over the incident.

The seven-year-old Border terrier called Pip was put down 24 hours after the assault.

Pip - Border Terrier

Andrew’s mum Barbara, 35, has revealed she is still angry over the incident.

She said: “It’s still too early to really talk about it because Andrew has to go back into hospital for another operation tomorrow.

“The attack caused four separate wounds and he has needed 34 stitches in his face.

“Most of the work has been done and it’s all about infection control just now.

“The dog’s owner has spoken to the local paper and I’m not too happy about that. She hasn’t even been round to see how Andrew is.

“I don’t know who she is, and the way I’m feeling just now I’m glad that’s the case.

“His injuries were really bad, but the doctors have been magnificent and hopefully the scarring won’t be too noticeable.

“But, that said, friends and family have been really shocked when they saw him for the first time.”

Owner’s anguish

The owner of the dog, who wishes to remain anonymous, has spoken of her anguish and shock after being informed by police that her dog was to blame for the attack.

The grandmother-of-six said: “I couldn’t believe it when the police arrived on my doorstep late on Tuesday night. They asked to see Pip and when I brought him out he just lay on his back wanting his tummy tickled.

“I was close to tears when they told me what had happened earlier that day, it was totally out of character for him.

“Our back gate was unfortunately left open that day and he got out for about 20 minutes. He seemed fine when he got back.

“It is so out of character for him and he’s never done anything like this before. I’ve got pictures of him playing with my grandkids – I really thought he would never harm anyone, never mind a child.

“I’ve been wanting to go and see the family to tell them how sorry I am, but I was advised by the police not to.

“I’ve got kids and grandkids myself so I can appreciate what the family is going through, I’m deeply upset about it all.

“We’ve had dogs all our life and this is the first time anything like this has happened, but we’ve now decided that we won’t be getting another one.”

School tribute

Andrew and his two brothers are pupils at St David’s Primary School, Dalkeith, and the twins’ teacher sent her best wishes to the family.

Mrs Patricia Morgan said: “We were all shocked and upset to hear what happened to Andrew and the whole school wishes him well and we hope he will be back at school soon.”


  1. I’m sorry to hear about this. Dogs and children need so much supervision, so sad that this dog unsupervised got out and caused such pain. What a tragedy for boy and dog.

  2. The dog pictured does not look like a Border Terrier but a Fell or Patterdale. I am very sad to see such a thing happen but could the child have provoked the dog? My Borders do not care for children because of their abrubt and rapid behaviors.

    • You are correct Holly, that is not in any way, shape or form a Border Terrier. I’m so sorry for the family but I’m also sad that the dog’s owner apparently didn’t work with the dog to desensitize it to children. Even if that owner has kids of their own, children are of course everywhere and dogs need proper socialization. But, then again, so do lots of kids! You may have a point that the child could have done something to provoke the dog…it’s always so hard to tell if not there. Sad story all the way around.

      • The dog was very socilised with children as the owners had 6 grandchildren which were ages 4 to 15. This was very unlike the dog as i have known the dog since it was a pup. The dog must have been provoked as the dog would do no such thing off its own back.
        I hope the young boy is ok.

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