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Toddler dies in dog attack

A one-year-old boy has died in hospital after being attacked by a pet dog at his home in Leeds earlier this week. The child was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, but died a short time later as a result of his injuries.

two dogs were subsequently removed from the house and are currently being kept in kennels Police inquiries are continuing into the incident. No arrests have been made.

Early reports suggested the dog involved was an alleged pit bull ‘type’, but it is now unclear which breed attacked the boy. A Leeds City Council spokesman described the two dogs they were holding as "bullmastiff types". "We believe at this stage one of the animals was involved in the attack on the child," he added.

Phil Buckley of KC told OUR DOGS: "The KC was naturally very dismayed to hear of this case and our sympathies are, of course, with the family. We conducted media interviews and have comments to the press and it would appear, as usual, that there is some discrepancy regarding the breeding of the dog.

"Some newspapers reports have said it is an American Pit Bull Terrier, whereas others, including the police have alleged that the dog was an American Bulldog.

"Readers of OUR DOGS are probably aware of our position regarding the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and Breed Specific Legislation which is one of dealing with the deed, not the breed and making owners more responsible for their dog's actions."