Toddler Dies Following Vicious Dog Attack: Police

A 2-year-old boy has died after being attacked by a dog in the United Kingdom, police have confirmed.

West Mercia Police (WMP) said the toddler mauled by a group of dogs on Monday had since died. Superintendent Rebecca Love told reporters outside Worcester police station on Wednesday that the boy had succumbed to injuries suffered in the attack.

In a livestream recorded by Worcester News, she said: "We have been informed this morning the young boy who was injured in an incident on Monday in Egdon, Worcestershire, has sadly passed away."

"This is truly a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this distressing time," Love said.

On Monday, officers responded to a report that a 2-year-old child had suffered a cardiac arrest at a property in Egdon at about 11:20 a.m. local time. Once there, police found the boy had been bitten by a dog while at a property in the small Worcestershire village.

The boy was transported to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by ambulance but later died as a result of his injuries. Love said three dogs had since been removed from the property and are now "being housed securely."

She said the police were unable to confirm the breed of the dogs, but that they were not believed to be banned under U.K. law.

An investigation into the dog attack is ongoing. Newsweek has contacted the WMP for comment.

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the breeding, sale and exchange of certain dog breeds are forbidden. They also are not allowed in public spaces without a muzzle. Among the breeds banned under the law are Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brasilieiros.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shared a list of actions that should be taken if you are approached by an unfamiliar dog, which includes:

  • Stay still and remain calm.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the dog.
  • Do not panic, make loud noises or run.
  • Say "no" or "go home" in a firm, deep voice and stand with the side of your body facing the dog.
  • Slowly raise your hands to your neck with your elbows in and wait for the dog to pass or slowly walk back.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. Children are the most common victims of dog attacks and are more likely to be severely injured, it said.

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File: A British police officer. A 2-year-old child who was attacked by a group of dogs in Egdon, Worcestershire, England, on March 28, 2022, later died of his injuries, local police said on March 30. Getty