Boy, two, dies in hospital two days after he was mauled by three of his family’s three ‘Rottweiler dogs which neighbors had called the beasts’
- The boy, two, was attacked by out-of-control dogs at address in Worcestershire
- He was rushed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital and was in a critical condition
- However, police confirmed today that the boy died of his injuries this morning
A two-year-old boy has died of his injuries two days after being mauled by his family’s three ‘Rottweiler dogs’ at a property in Worcestershire.
The boy was injured by the ‘out-of-control’ dogs at an address in the hamlet of Egdon on Monday and suffered a cardiac arrest.
West Mercia Police confirmed the boy died this morning of his injuries.
The dogs involved have been ‘secured’ by police and removed from the house. They are not believed to be breeds banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The boy was injured by two out-of-control dogs at an address in Egdon today. He remains in critical condition at Worcestershire Royal Hospital
What is the Dangerous Dogs Act?
WHAT IS THE DANGEROUS DOGS ACT?
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans or restricts certain types of dogs and makes it an offense to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control.
It was introduced 30 years ago by Home Secretary Kenneth Baker ‘to rid the country of the menace of these fighting dogs’ after a string of attacks.
WHICH DOGS ARE BANNED IN THE UK?
It is illegal to own four breeds of dogs without an exemption from a court. They are:
- American Pitbull Terriers;
- japanese cough
- Argentine Dogo;
- Brazilian Row
The law also criminalises cross-breeds of the above four types of dog – meaning that whether a dog is prohibited will depend on a judgment about its physical characteristics, and whether they match the description of a prohibited ‘type’.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers look similar to Pitbull Terriers, but they’re legal and common pets.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE’S A DOG ATTACK?
You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months if your dog is dangerously out of control.
You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.
If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to five years or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.
And if you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine.
WHY IS THE ACT CONTROVERSIAL?
Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Veterinary Association have protested against the ban, insisting there is no scientific evidence that all individuals of a breed are dangerous.
However, Met Police data suggests that in incidents involving ‘dangerously out of control dogs’, banned breeds account for about a fifth of offenses.
After the attack, the family attempted to take him to hospital themselves, but stopped at Worcester Countryside Center on the advice of the ambulance service.
He was taken from there to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by ambulance, before being transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
One neighbor claimed: ‘I’ve seen the owners of the cottage before, they have Rottweilers.
‘You can hear them barking from the fields. I used to see them walking the dogs, one time they got out onto the main road.
‘It’s all secluded so you don’t really see anyone, everyone is kind of hidden away.
‘I walk my dog here a lot because of the route and you can hear the dogs barking, lots of barks.’
A resident, who walks his own dog nearby, said: ‘Everyone keeps themselves pretty private around here and no one asks many questions.
‘I think people are a bit intimidated by the family with those dogs. We call them ‘the beasts’ because they are always making such a racket.
‘My wife refuses to walk our dog anywhere near there in case they get out. Everyone is so sad for the little lad who died. It’s an absolute tragedy.’
West Mercia Police Superintendent Rebecca Love, local policing commander for South Worcestershire, said: ‘We have been informed this morning that the young boy who was injured in an incident on Monday in Egdon, Worcestershire has sadly passed away.
‘Officers responded to a report of a 2-year-old child in cardiac arrest at approximately 11.20am on Monday 28 March.
‘It was quickly established the child had suffered injuries as a result of being bitten by a dog at the address in Worcestershire.
‘The child was transferred from Worcestershire Royal Hospital to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and despite medical treatment, he has died as a result of his injuries.
‘This is a truly tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.
‘Three dogs have been removed from the property and are currently being housed securely. I am unable to confirm the breed of the dogs at this time, but we do not believe they are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
‘An investigation continues, and I would ask for your respect for the family’s privacy at this very distressing time.’