The family of a two-year-old girl who was attacked by their pet Rottweiler remain at her bedside today.
The whole family is said to be ‘devastated’ by the incident, which left the little girl with serious injuries including a split ear lobe and wounds on her leg which required stitches.
They have agreed that the dog will be put down.
The attack took place at 9.50am yesterday (Tuesday) on Thorogate, Rotherham.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The family remain at the little girl’s bedside in hospital today as she is treated for the injuries she suffered. These include a split earlobe, and a number of wounds that required stitches mainly on one leg.
“Yesterday’s events have proved hugely traumatic for the family, who ask that the media recognise their primary need is to spend time with the little girl, as they come to terms with what has happened.
“The family has agreed that the Rottweiler shall be destroyed.”
Following the attack, the girl was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The dog was on a lead at the time the tragic incident occurred and was in the company of both the two-year-old girl and an adult female relation.
The dog was taken to a secure kennel facility.