A YOUNG boy is in hospital after being savagely attacked by a police dog in his parent’s garden in Oldbury.

West Midlands Police have launched an investigation concerning the attack on the 10-year-old boy in Western Road on Sunday afternoon.

The police had been chasing four men who had reportedly stolen copper wiring near Langley Green train station and the dog handler had been drafted in for the pursuit.

He and the German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois entered a private garden and despite being on a leash the dog still managed to inflict “serious injuries” on the boy.

Chief Inspector Ian Marsh said: "This poor young boy has gone through an absolutely horrendous ordeal and my thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers from his injuries.

"We apologise unreservedly for what has happened and have launched an investigation to fully understand exactly how an innocent young lad came to be bitten by a police dog in the safety of his own back garden.

"Police dogs and their handlers receive intensive training and play crucial roles in the arrest of suspects day in day out, but on the very rare occasions where things go wrong, it's vital we understand why and learn the lessons to ensure it doesn't happen again."

He received serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he continues to be treated.

West Midlands Police will carry out its own investigation and the IPCC has been informed.

Despite the attack the dog handler and the dog have been allowed to carry out regular duties.