Merseyside Police officers and paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service were called to a home in St Helens on Monday afternoon to report a teenage girl had been attacked by a dog
A 17-month-old girl was bitten to death by a recently purchased dog in her own home.
Merseyside Police officers were called to a home in St Helens at around 3.50pm today after a child was reportedly attacked by a dog.
Police and the North West Ambulance Service arrived at the scene and the girl was taken to the hospital.
She died a short time later from her injuries.
The dog, bought just a week ago, was handed over to police when they arrived at the scene and has since been killed.
Detective Inspector Lisa Milligan said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the child’s family at this devastating time.
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“The little girl’s parents and extended family are absolutely devastated and our specialist family liaison officers are supporting her at this terrible time.
“While we are at a very early stage of the investigation into this extremely tragic incident, we can confirm that the dog was purchased by the family just a week ago and officials are working to identify the previous owners of the dog involved and its history to determine.
“Our officers will remain on Bidston Avenue tonight and the coming days to provide security to the local community and we will work tirelessly to establish the full circumstances.
“If you were in the Bidston Avenue area this afternoon and saw anything or have any information about the dog in question, then please come forward and speak to one of our officers.
“Our officers take the issue of dangerous dogs very seriously. Over the past few years we have been proactive in working with the five Merseyside Local Authorities to ensure banned dogs are taken off the streets.”
The dog will undergo further forensic examinations to determine what breed of dog it is and whether or not it is a legal breed, police said.
Officers remain at the scene tonight to examine CCTV, speak to witnesses and go door to door.
Anyone with information is asked to contact us via the social media desk @MerPolCC or the ‘Merseyside Police Contact Center’ on Facebook at reference 22000196837.
Alternatively, you can call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-family-dog-bought-just-26524395 A 17-month-old girl was bitten to death by a dog bought by the Merseyside family a week ago