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PICTURED: ‘Happy and kind’ boy, three, who was mauled to death by dog ​​on Rochdale farm

The family of a little boy who was killed by a dog – which had last year attacked two female walkers and left one horrendously injured – has today shared a tribute to their ‘happy little boy’.

Daniel Twigg, three, was a ‘a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him’, loved ones said in a Facebook post shared Greater Manchester Police.

They added: ‘He loved Paw Patrol and playing with his brother and sister, he also loved being around animals – especially his pony, Splash.

Daniel Twigg, three, was a ‘a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him’, loved ones said in a Facebook post shared Greater Manchester Police

An aerial view of the rural home near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, where the three-year-old had died following a dog attack

An aerial view of the rural home near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, where the three-year-old had died following a dog attack

‘He brought us many laughs and was a comical character.

‘He was brave, intelligent and full of many characteristics.

‘Daniel loved being with his whole family and will be missed by all.

‘On behalf of our family, we ask people to respect our privacy.’

A police tent and two discarded shields in the garden of the home where toddler was thought to have been attacked

A police tent and two discarded shields in the garden of the home where toddler was thought to have been attacked

Chilling signs on a gate around the property warn that 'dogs are loose' and that visitors should not exit their vehicles

Chilling signs on a gate around the property warn that ‘dogs are loose’ and that visitors should not exit their vehicles

Little Daniel had been outside a property at Carr Lane, Milnrow, Rochdale, shortly before 1pm on Sunday when the nightmare unfolded.

Police arrested the animal’s 48-year-old owner over the death.

Chilling pictures of the scene showed ‘beware of the dog’ warnings plastered all over gates around the property.

The young boy was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.

Police say they have destroyed one Cane Corso breed dog and seized others, which had been with the boy before it happened.

The tragedy happened on Carr Lane in Milnrow in Rochdale on Sunday afternoon at around 1pm

The tragedy happened on Carr Lane in Milnrow in Rochdale on Sunday afternoon at around 1pm

The arm injury suffered by hairdresser Kia Walker, who claims two dogs charged at her from the same property when a gate was left open last year

The arm injury suffered by hairdresser Kia Walker, who claims two dogs charged at her from the same property when a gate was left open last year

The home in Milnrow, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester where a toddler, three, was mauled to death

The home in Milnrow, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester where a toddler, three, was mauled to death

Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch has referred the incident for review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, due to previous contact.

MailOnline learned yesterday a dog had attacked two female walkers in the area before – leaving one with horrendous injuries – but the owner had never been convicted.

Hairdresser Kia Walker, who was just 17 at the time, said dogs ran out of a house and charged at her.

Ms Walker, now 19, told MailOnline: ‘I didn’t drop the investigation. I was told there wasn’t enough evidence.

‘I asked if there was anything else they could do and they said no because there wasn’t enough evidence. There were no signs when I was there.

‘I was on a public footpath. The gate was open and the two dogs came out and that’s when they attacked me. There were two Tibetan Mastiffs.

‘I was one my own and I had to climb along a wall to get away. I had to have surgery on my arm.’

A relative added: ‘The dogs have charged towards her and ripped her arm.

Signs surrounding the property where the dog attack happened warn of dogs on the loose

Signs surrounding the property where the dog attack happened warn of dogs on the loose

‘She jumped on this wall to get away from the dog and had a black out.

‘Luckily, a woman was up there walking as my sister had had this black out.

‘She stumbled across her and took her to hospital and rang my mum.

‘It traumatized her. Her arm of her was in two.

‘She used to go walking all the time but now she doesn’t. It was taken to court but then for some reason it got dropped and nothing was ever done with it.

The incident happened on April 10 last year and another woman posted online she too had been set upon in the same spot.

Paramedics rushed to the scene at Carr Lane, Milnrow, shortly after 1pm on Sunday to reports the youngster had been injured

Paramedics rushed to the scene at Carr Lane, Milnrow, shortly after 1pm on Sunday to reports the youngster had been injured

She said: ‘Absolutely heartbreaking. I knew this would happen one day.

‘The police are useless. I was attacked by one of this man’s dogs. I couldn’t walk for over a month.

‘The police did nothing. No further action letter I got. There were numerous times people have been bitten off different dogs up there. That poor little boy.’

Inside they discovered around £50,000 worth of farm and building machinery, which officers believed to be stolen, as well as two dogs that have been taken into care by the RSPCA.

Police were at the scene on Monday as their investigation continued into the tragic death

Police were at the scene on Monday as their investigation continued into the tragic death

Officers were called at about 1.15pm on Sunday by the North West Ambulance Service after reports a child had been injured at Carr Lane

Officers were called at about 1.15pm on Sunday by the North West Ambulance Service after reports a child had been injured at Carr Lane

Greater Manchester Police say a criminal investigation has been launched following the fatal incident this weekend.

Officers were called to the scene by paramedics at 1.15pm on Sunday.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green said: ‘Our thoughts, of course, remain with the loved ones of the young boy who so sadly died following yesterday’s incident. Specially trained officers have been deployed to support them.

‘A thorough investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and review other incidents of note.

Two police officers stand guard at the scene of the rural home, where investigations are ongoing following the tragic death

Two police officers stand guard at the scene of the rural home, where investigations are ongoing following the tragic death

‘Due to previous contact, GMP’s Professional Standards Branch is making a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

‘It goes without saying that this news will have had an impact on the community. I can reassure members of the public that any criminal offenses identified by our inquiries in relation to this incident will be dealt with accordingly by ourselves and our criminal justice partners.

‘We are aware of speculation on social media and ask that members of the public and the media refrain from engaging in speculation at this time until our investigation is complete and any subsequent criminal proceedings have concluded.’

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