Worcestershire dog attack - two year-old Egdon boy passes away from injuries in Birmingham Children’s Hospital

This attack and the subsequent death of the toddler in Worcestershire comes only days after a boy, a girl and a woman were injured in a dog attack in Cannock, Staffordshire.

A two-year-old boy has passed away following a dog attack on Monday.

There were two separate dog attack incidents in the past week. Both of which were in the West Midlands.

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Another incident saw an eight year old boy, and six year old girl injured in Cannock on Saturday 26 March.

Earlier this month Bella-Rae Birch died after she was attacked by her family’s dog in St Helens.

Here is everything we know so far around the incident in Worcestershire  and what local authorities have done about the attacks.

What happened to the two-year-old boy?

West Mercia Police confirmed that they had responded to a report of a two-year-old child in cardiac arrest at 11:20am on Monday 28 March.

The child was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for treatment but West Mercia Police confirmed his death on Wednesday 30 March.

What do we know about the two year-old boy?

At the moment the identity of the two-year old boy, and his family are undisclosed.

Have the authorities identified the breed of dog(s) involved in the attack?

Three dogs have been removed from the property, and are currently being housed at a secure location.

At this time the police have said they would not confirm the breed of the dogs. However, Supt Rebecca Love said that these dogs were not thought to be banned breeds.

Love went on to add: "This is a truly tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time," she added.

This attack follows the death of 17-month-old Bella Rae Birch killed by a family dog - what are the authorities doing about this?

In the case of the two-year-old boy, the dogs have been removed from the residence to a secure location.

Following the separate dog attack in Cannock, Staffordshire on Saturday, three people have been arrested.

In relation to the Cannock dog attack, a man aged 28, and a woman aged 51, were arrested on suspicion of owning a dog dangerously out of control, causing injury.

The male was also arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of public justice.

A 25 year old man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

There has been no official comment from the police on the stark rise in dog attacks around the West Midlands as of yet.

Following the death of Bella-Rae Birch, Merseyside Police said the dog has been put down.

It will be examined to determine its breed and whether it was banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).

Which dog breeds are banned in the UK?

Unless you have an exemption from a court, it is illegal to own or breed any of these four breed of dog in the UK:

  • American Pitbull Terriers;
  • Japanese tosas
  • Dogo Argentinos;
  • Fila Brazileiro