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Last Updated: Friday, 25 August 2006, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Boy operated on after dog attack
Justin Lyons following his operation
Justin was dragged across the ground by the dog near his house
A five-year-old boy from Kent has undergone emergency surgery on his arm, leg and ankle following a vicious attack by a pitbull-cross dog.

Justin Lyons was dragged across the ground outside his house in Hartley, near Gravesend, on Tuesday.

His father, Peter, said the dog had to be hit with an axe after it failed to release Justin despite blows with a golf club. It has since been put down.

The owner's sister said the dog escaped because children opened the front door.

Mr Lyons now believes pitbulls should be banned.

"They're not family pets, they're fighting dogs and they shouldn't be allowed," he said.

"My boy was lucky. He only got minor injuries really in comparison. But if the dog got his face or throat he could be dead now."

Justin is expected to be released from hospital on Saturday.

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