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Dogs savage toddler while she plays in back garden

By Eleanor Barlow

A two-year-old girl has been seriously injured after being attacked by dogs in the garden of a house in Liverpool.

Merseyside Police said the toddler suffered serious injuries to her head and body in the attack on Cockburn Street in Toxteth, after dogs managed to get into the garden of the house where she was playing.

A 35-year-old man from Toxteth has been arrested.

Emergency services were called out at about 3.40pm after reports a child had been bitten by a dog and a woman had also been injured. The girl was treated at the scene before being taken by air ambulance to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Her condition is described as serious but not life-threatening.

The injured woman, who rescued the child, was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries before being released. Police officers seized five dogs and five puppies from the home of the man arrested.

Chief Inspector Dave Westby said it was "a horrific attack".

"The investigation is in its early stages, but it is believed the child was playing in the back garden of a relative's address with two other children when a number of dogs from a nearby house managed to get in to the garden," he said.

"At this stage it is believed that the little girl was attacked by more than one dog, and officers are trying to establish how many dogs were involved in the incident."

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