A six-year-old boy was injured after a dog attacked him while he was walking his pet canines with his family in Chester, England, on Wednesday night.

Speaking to Cheshire Live on Thursday, Lydia Rutter, the victim’s mother, said, "We just went to Hoole playing fields to let the dogs have a quick run and then this dog ran up to Finlay [the boy] and bit him on his stomach and left bite marks.”

She added the boy would have been seriously injured had his father not reacted quickly.

"It would have done a lot more damage if my husband had not reacted fast, as it was going to bite him again and was ragging his clothes. There was no warning or anything it just ran up to my little boy who was just standing still and bit him,” she said.

Rutter said the family was left shocked when the dog’s owner was initially unapologetic.

"At first he denied it when I told him what had happened and he said the dog wouldn't bite a child. He then said it has only ever bitten small dogs before and never kids. I was telling him firmly to get his dog on the lead as it was following me at this point and I had my little dog in my arms trying to get away. Then my husband left me and my two kids and the dogs and went to drive around to talk to him and he was still denying it, but he was on the phone to his girlfriend telling her what the dog had just done. Eventually he apologized to my husband and asked how our son was,” she said.

Rutter said her son, who loved animals, has a new-found fear of dogs.

"Finlay is the sweetest little boy ever and it's such a shame as he absolutely loves all animals and his favorites are dogs,” she said.

The family was now looking at finding the dog and the owner, who was described as a white man in his 30s with facial hair. The canine was a beige color “staffy or mastiff type” dog wearing a collar with red light on it.

In this image, a Dobermann dog is seen running toward his trainer in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 27, 2010. JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images