TOXTETH, LIVERPOOL – A two-year-old girl was seriously injured in a “horrific” attack after several dogs got into a garden where she was playing, police have said.
The toddler, who is in hospital, suffered head and body injuries in the attack at a house.
A relative who rescued the child was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
A 35-year-old man from Toxteth has been arrested on suspicion of having a dangerous dog or dogs out of control.
The toddler was playing outside the house in Cockburn Street with two other children, aged four and six, when a number of dogs from a nearby house managed to get into the garden, police said.
Ch Insp Dave Westby, of Merseyside Police, said: “This was a horrific attack which has resulted in a two-year-old girl suffering extensive injuries to her head and body.”
The alarm was raised at 15:40 BST on Sunday.
Police said the girl was taken by air ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The injured relative was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where she received treatment for minor injuries.
Officers later seized five dogs and five puppies from the home of the arrested man.
Ch Insp Westby said: “It is believed the little girl was attacked by more than one dog, and officers are trying to establish how many dogs were involved in the incident.
“Fortunately, a relative who was in the house was able to rescue the child from the dogs.”
He added that the toddler was getting the “best possible care and treatment” in hospital.
Police are now trying to establish what happened, how many dogs were involved in the attack and the breed of dogs involved.
They are appealing for anyone with information about the dog attack to contact police or Crimestoppers.