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30th Mar 2022

Two-year-old boy dies after dog attack in England

Three dogs have been removed from the property.

A two-year-old boy who was mauled by a dog on Monday in Worcestershire, England has died in hospital, police have confirmed.

West Mercia Superintendent Rebecca Love said on Thursday that police “have been informed this morning that the young boy who was injured in an incident on Monday in Egdon, Worcestershire has sadly passed away”.

Police responded to a report of a two-year-old child in cardiac arrest at approximately 11.20am on Monday and “quickly established the child had suffered injuries as a result of being bitten by a dog”.

The child was transferred from Worcestershire Royal Hospital to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and despite medical treatment, he has died as a result of his injuries, Love said, adding that “this is a truly tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time”.

Love said that three dogs have been removed from the property and are currently being housed securely.

She said police are “unable to confirm the breed of the dogs at this time, but we do not believe they are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act”.

“An investigation continues, and I would ask for your respect for the family’s privacy at this very distressing time.”

This death is the latest in a string of violent dog attacks across the UK that just last week took the life of 17-month-old Bella-Rae Birch. Earlier in March, a baby was mauled to death by a husky in Lincolnshire which Chief Superintendent Andy Cox described as “exceptionally sad.”