TWO people have appeared before magistrates in connection with a dog attack which left a seven-year-old boy in hospital.

Mandy, 28, and Jacqueline Cox, 16, both of Penistone Street, Burnley, have been reported for summons for owning a dog, or dogs, and allowing it, or them, to be out of control in a public place and causing injury to a person.

Ronald Cox, summoned for the same offences, was not in court yesterday.

The case was adjourned so that all three defendants could appear in court together.

Solicitors for Ronald Cox said "logistical reasons" meant their client could not be in court.

Sam Leverett, of Broughton Street, was savaged by a pack of dogs while walking to a shop near his home on Saturday, March 1.

He suffered bite injuries to his arms and legs during an attack which lasted almost five minutes. He was rescued by a passer-by, Robert Ashworth.

Mr Ashworth, of Tunnel Street, Burnley, was presented with a civic honour earlier this month for his heroics.

Two schoolgirls who used their mobile telephones to call for help were also given civic awards.

Licia Snape and Hannah Sprowell, both 13, joined Mr Ashworth for the ceremony at Burnley Town Hall on Wednesday April 16.

Mandy, Jacqueline and Ronald Cox were granted bail. The three were due to appear before Burnley magistrates today.