The family of a little girl seriously injured after being savaged by a Rottweiler in South Yorkshire have expressed their horror and shock at the attack.
The two-year-old girl is being treated in Sheffield Children’s Hospital for serious injuries after the attack on Thorogate, Rawmarsh, Rotherham.
Her injuries include a split earlobe and a number of wounds that required stitches, mainly on one leg.
The family has agreed the Rottweiler will be destroyed following the incident, shortly before 10am yesterday
A police spokeswoman said today: “The whole family has been devastated by yesterday’s incident. The family remain at the little girl’s bedside in hospital today as she is treated for the injuries she suffered.”
She added: “Yesterday’s events have proved hugely traumatic for the family, who ask that the media recognise their primary need is to spend time with the little girl, as they come to terms with what has happened.”
South Yorkshire police said the dog, a family pet, had been on a lead when the attack happened.
The victim had been with a woman and the dog at the time.
A police spokesman said: “The girl was taken by ambulance to Rotherham District General Hospital suffering from what are believed to be serious injuries to her head and to her leg.
“She has since been transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”
The dog was taken to a secure kennel facility while police investigated the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The attack came on the day the Government announced proposals for life jail terms for owners of killer canines.
It began a consultation following pressure from a number of families campaigning for tougher sentences after a relative was killed by dogs.