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Dog to be destroyed after attack

THE Lancashire owners of a dog that savaged a two-year-old girl have agreed to have the pet put down, police said.

Officers investigating the incident that left the toddler with serious facial injuries said it was unlikely that anyone would face criminal charges over the incident, although the final decision as to whether or not charges would be brought and under which legislation ultimately rests with the Crown Prosecution Service.

The girl was attacked in a first floor flat in Shadsworth, Blackburn, by what police believe to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The dog, which is understood to be owned by a family friend, mauled the youngster last Friday lunchtime. She was rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital where her condition was described as ‘very poorly’.

The girl has since been transferred to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Pendlebury where she has undergone surgery.

Police praised the work of paramedics who arrived first on the scene, within minutes of the accident, for helping to treat the girl and ensuring her condition did not deteriorate.