A four-year-old boy has died in Liverpool after being attacked by a dog at a family home in Liverpool. The attack happened just after midnight and the boy, known locally as John-Paul, suffered serious injuries and died before he could be taken to hospital.
A 63-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatment after being injured apparently while trying to pull the dog off the child.
Dog handlers and armed reponse officers arrived at the house and found the dog in an “agitated” state in the front garden. He was deemed to be a danger to the public and put down.
A neighbour told Sky News, “There are lots of dangerous types of dog around here. You always see young lads with pit bull dogs roaming around.
“I have a dog myself and when I take him for a walk sometimes it’s quite terrifying because you think your dog is going to be attacked.”
There have been several complaints from residents about problem dogs, according to another neighbour.
The police are now trying to identify the type of dog involved and have launched a full investigation.
The tragedy comes nearly three years after a five-year-old was killed by her uncle’s pit bull terrier on New Year’s Day in 2007, just a few miles away in St Helens.