| Dog mauls boy at primary school in Northern Ireland|
|A dog that mauled a five-year-old boy was being shown to schoolchildren as an end-of-term treat, it has emerged . The boy was attacked in the playground of a primary school in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Friday morning.|
Raymond Ross, principal of Carniny primary school on the outskirts of Ballymena, said the animal had unexpectedly turned on the schoolboy. "The dog was in a very controlled position. A number of children had the opportunity to stroke the dog and then, suddenly, the dog turned on the little child, as if it flicked its head to one side and caught the child in the face," he said.
The boy was rushed to the Ulster hospital on the outskirts of Belfast for treatment to facial injuries. A spokeswoman for the hospital said his family had requested no publicity.
Ballymena borough council confirmed the dog had been humanely destroyed. "A representative from environmental health attended the school following the incident," a spokesman said, "and, having liaised with those involved, instigated appropriate actions to seize the dog. The dog has now been put down."
The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation.