A young child has suffered facial injuries and a fractured arm after being attacked by a dog in Hampshire. The toddler was taken to hospital following
A young child has suffered facial injuries and a fractured arm after being attacked by a dog in Hampshire.
The toddler was taken to hospital following the incident, reportedly involving a Staffordshire bull terrier, which happened in Tennyson Crescent, Waterlooville, on Tuesday.
A 40-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of owning or being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury.
A 27-year-old woman from Hayling Island has been arrested on suspicion of assault or neglect of a child.
Police were on the scene in Hampshire were a child’s arm was broken in to places after an attack by a Staffordshire bull terrier
The incident reportedly involved a Staffordshire bull terrier like the one pictured above (file image)
A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘We’re investigating a report of a child becoming injured during an incident in Tennyson Crescent, Waterlooville, reportedly involving a dog, sometime between 4pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday May 14.
‘The child sustained two fractures to the arm and lacerations to the face and neck.
‘Inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances. Residents may notice an increased police presence in the area, while we conduct house-to-house inquiries.’
Hampshire Constabulary did not disclose the young child’s age or gender.
Staffordshire bull terriers or ‘staffies’ were voted Britain’s favourite dog in 2019 and the breed is described by the Kennel Club as ‘wonderful family pet’.
But the stocky, muscular and unusually strong dogs can also be tenacious and aggressive.
The child, whose name and gender have not been releawsed, was injured in Tennyson Crescent in Waterlooville (pictured)
Just last month, a six-year-old boy from Carmarthen, Wales spent five days in hospital after being viciously attacked by a dog – thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier.
The boy had gone to retrieve his football after it went over a fence into a neighbouring garden when the dog lunged at him, biting him on the arms and legs.
He required stitches and was treated for an infected bite in his foot and broken bones.