A four-year-old boy was attacked by what's thought to have been a huge pitbull in front of shocked Sainsbury's shoppers on Wednesday.

Witnesses say the dog suddenly leapt up and bit the lad's leg as he ran past him heading towards his dad at the store entrance, the Mirror reports.

A supermarket worker said: “There’s a homeless man who always sits by the supermarket with his dog. It just went for the kid as he ran past.

“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 boy was taken to hospital after the attack in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, shortly before 11.30am on Wednesday, police said.

His injuries are not thought to be life-changing.

The homeless man told reporters at the scene his 11-month-old pet named Donnie had not bitten the boy and only gave him a "graze".

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He insisted his canine – thought to be an American Bully XL – “never misbehaves” adding: "The kid has come running down and startled Donnie.

"Donnie jumped up and knocked him over. It wasn’t a bite – it’s a graze.

“The police have got my dog. They have said I’ll get him back in a couple of weeks if he behaves himself.

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“I couldn’t be any more apologetic.”

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.

“Its breed will be confirmed as part of our investigation.

“We have the owner’s details and have already spoken to them. We will be in regular contact with them and the boy’s family.”

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