Little girl fights for life after being mauled by dog

Little girl, under 2, savaged by dog in horror attack and is fighting for life in hospital
The girl was taken to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children -Credit:Simon Chapman/Lnp/REX/Shutterstock

A child under two years old is fighting for her life after being savaged by a dog in her own home. The little girl was taken to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children following the horrific incident in Cheltenham, Glos.

Police and paramedics were called to a house in the Hatherley area of the town just before 6pm on Sunday. The pet dog, which is a large breed, has been taken into police custody and is currently at a secure kennel while investigations are ongoing. It has been confirmed that the dog is not a banned breed, The Mirror reports.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "An infant has sustained serious injuries after she was bitten by a dog inside her home in Cheltenham on Sunday 14 April. The child, who is aged under two, is in a critical condition at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children."

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The girl's exact age has not been specified. It comes after another child was taken to hospital in an unrelated dog attack in Cornwall over the weekend.

The youngster, whose age was not given, was reportedly mauled on a street in Falmouth by a dog believed to be an XL Bully, which was subsequently seized by Devon and Cornwall Police.

The girl was taken to Treliske Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Her next of kin attended hospital with her. XL Bullies have been banned since earlier this year under amendments to the Dangerous Dog Act. It's now illegal to own an XL Bully without exemption, or to sell, breed, gift or abandon the dogs.