Police arrest three people as girl, four, is rushed to hospital after being mauled by a pack of dogs
- A young girl remained in a stable condition in hospital on Sunday evening
- Greater Manchester Police have also seized four dogs in investigation
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Police have arrested three people after a four-year-old girl was mauled by a pack of dogs.
The tot was rushed to hospital on Sunday evening after being attacked in Greater Manchester where she remains in a stable condition.
Police arrested three people on suspicion of owning a dangerous dog.
They also seized four canines, which were taken away by specialists.
The attack took place just before 2.40pm on Sunday at an address in Carrington.
The attack is understood to have taken place just before 2.40pm on Sunday on Ackers Lane, Carrington in Greater Manchester
Police arrested three people on suspicion of owning a dangerous dog while the tot was rushed to hospital on Sunday evening where she remains in a stable condition
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said on Sunday: ‘Shortly before 2.40pm today police were called to a report of a child who had suffered injuries caused by dogs at an address on Ackers Lane, Carrington.
‘The girl was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.
‘Four dogs were seized by officers and have been taken away by specialist partners.
‘Three people have been arrested on suspicion of owning a dangerous dog.’
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The number of dog attacks recorded by police in England and Wales been on the rise over the past five years.
Last year alone, the UK saw nearly 22,000 cases of out-of-control dogs causing injury, compared to the around 16,000 cases recorded in 2018, BBC reported.
Despite the 37 per cent rise in recorded cases, the dog population in the UK is estimated to have only increased by 15 per cent.
NHS data released last year revealed the number of Britons being mauled by dogs has grown dramatically since 2008 – a rate of 15 cases for every 100,000 of the UK population.
In all, those requiring hospital treatment following a dog attack has more than doubled in the last 15 years – with over 10,000 people now requiring specialist medical care each year.
Ten people were tragically killed as a result of dog attacks in 2022, compared to five deaths in 2021 and two in 2020.
As a region, the north west of England has seen the highest total of fatal dog attacks in recent years, with four deaths since March 2020, MailOnline revealed earlier this year.
Next closest with three deaths were the Midlands and Wales, while South Yorkshire saw two fatalities within the same period.
Sunday’s attack comes just two months after a dogwalker was mauled to death by the eight animals she was walking.
Natasha Johnston, 28, died after a frenzied attack by the canines at the Gravelly Hill beauty spot in Caterham, Surrey, on January 12. She suffered ‘multiple penetrating dog bites to the neck’.
Eight dogs were seized at the scene although police confirmed that there would be no individual prosecutions.
The local council claimed that Ms Johnston had not been licensed and had not been following guidelines on the safe number of dogs to walk at one time.
The 28-year-old dog walker died after a frenzied attack by the canines at the Gravelly Hill in Caterham, Surrey on January 12
Shiva, an 11-st Leonburger, was among eight dogs with the victim – and was a troublesome puppy who chewed anything she could get her paws on
A video captures the moment police restrain a vicious dog after it bites a child in front of onlookers in Tower Hamlets, London in February
WHICH DOGS ARE BANNED IN THE UK?
It is illegal to own four breeds of dogs without an exemption from a court.
- American pitbull terriers
- Japanese tosas
- Dogo Argentinos
- Fila Brazileiro
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans or restricts certain types of dogs and makes it an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control.
The law also criminalises cross-breeds of the above four types of dog – meaning that whether a dog is prohibited will depend on a judgement about its physical characteristics and whether they match the description of a prohibited ‘type’.
In February, a 13-year-old boy was bitten by a dog at a bus stop on Burdett Road, Tower Hamlets, east London.
The incident was caught on video by stunned onlookers as police officers cautiously approached the brown dog with an animal control pole (Ketch-All poles).
The video then pans to the injured child who is on the ground at the bus stop as he is being attended to by officers. The man filming the video is heard saying: ‘It bit the poor kid, look.’
Standing completely still, the video shows the moment that the dog is captured by the police as the control pole loops around its neck.
Once it is caught, the dog attempts to fight back and resists with great force against the police officer. Another officer stands by at the ready with a fire extinguisher in hand.
The crowds are eventually directed further away from the incident as the ambulance arrives to see to the boy.
The young boy was reported to have been taken to hospital for his treatment, and thankfully his injuries are not life-threatening.
Similarly, just last Wednesday officers seized an American Bully dog that savaged a veteran police horse in Victoria Park, Hackney, London.
Graphic footage posted to social media shows the attack and how the dog’s owner appears powerless to control his animal after letting it off the lead.
The bulldog, called Coco, is seen darting between the horse’s legs to bite it, at one point forcing it to drop to its knees.
The horse, named Urbane, suffered multiple bloody wounds on its body and legs.
The Pollok Park attack comes just days after officers seized an American Bully dog that savaged a veteran police horse in Victoria Park, Hackney, London, on Wednesday
Veteran police horse PH Urbane, from Bow, was left with multiple injuries after the attack in Victoria Park
The American Bully dog called Coco (pictured) left the horse with multiple injuries and has now been seized by officers
PH Urbane, pictured here meeting the then-Duchess of Cornwall in 2019, was injured in the incident in Victoria Park
Owner Hakan Niyazi, 24, claimed ‘gentle’ Coco had only reacted as she was ‘intimidated’ after encountering a horse for the first time when he took her out for a training session to socialise with other dogs at a park near his home.
Mr Niyazi said the horse became ‘skittish’ when Coco approached it out of curiosity and then dog had then been ‘defending itself’ believing it was coming under attack.
He now fears his pet, which was seized by officers, will be destroyed.
Urbane was once befriended and stroked by Queen Consort Camilla during a royal visit in 2019. The horse appeared calm and gentle when pictured with Camilla.
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