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Toddler attacked

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl was in hospital with serious head injuries last week, after she was attacked by a dog.

The girl suffered head, neck and throat injuries in the incident in the garden of a house in Church Road, in the village of Claverdon, Warwickshire. The Dobermann, a family pet, has been destroyed. It is thought the girl was at her grandmother's house.

Inspector Richard Woodcock, of Warwickshire Police, said a member of her family had been supervising the girl when the attack took place. ‘The dog actually dragged the girl from the house into the garden,’ he said. ‘A door-to-door salesman saw what was happening and picked up a bucket and fought the dog off.’

The family agreed to have the dog put down straight away and a vet was called to the scene. Inspector Rupert Atkinson said: ‘It was a family pet on family premises and witnesses will be interviewed over the next few days. It is quite tragic for the family and obviously very upsetting for everybody who was there.’

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance said the child’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening, but she may need plastic surgery.