Baby boy mauled by dog while ‘playing on park swing’ rushed to hospital

A baby boy was airlifted to hospital after he was mauled by a dog in a park in Merseyside on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services were called after the 17-month-old boy was bitten on the leg by the animal while in Marian Gardens.

An air ambulance was called to the scene in order to rush the baby to hospital as quickly as possible following the vicious attack.

The incident took place in Netherton, Merseyside, on Sunday afternoon at around 1.25pm while many were out enjoying the park, with the boy himself believed to have been on a swing when the animal attacked.

Police have confirmed that the offending dog was captured at the scene and the animal's owners are being questioned.

A Merseyside police spokesperson told the Liverpool Echo: "Emergency services were called to reports that a baby had been attacked by a dog in New Park Court on Bridge Lane in Bootle today.

"At around 1.25pm police received reports that a 17-month-old baby boy was bitten on the leg by a dog.

"The baby has been taken to hospital by air ambulance to be treated for a non-life threatening leg injury.

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"The dog has been seized and its owner will be questioned by police. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing."

The ECHO reports that some witnesses claimed the boy was playing on a swing when the dog attacked – however this is yet to be confirmed by police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter, 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook, call 101 or the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111, with reference 21000082136.

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