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Boy, three, injured in dog attack in Kilmarnock

A three-year-old boy is being treated for facial injuries after being attacked by a dog in East Ayrshire.

The pitbull attacked him in a garden in Kilmarnock at about 20:00 on Tuesday. The boy remains in a stable condition in the town's Crosshouse Hospital.

The dog, which did not belong to the boy's family, has been put down with the owner's consent.

A 25-year-old man has been reported to prosecutors in connection with a breach of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland received a report of a three-year-old-boy having sustained a facial injury after being attacked by a pitbull dog in a garden in Kilmarnock.

Safety suggestions

"The child was taken to Crosshouse Hospital where he received surgery to a facial injury.

"He has been detained and staff described his condition as stable."

A series of measures to improve safety around dangerous dogs are being considered by the Scottish government after a spate of incidents in recent years.

Universal microchipping, licensing and the wearing of muzzles in public areas are suggestions up for discussion in a public consultation, which was launched after First Minister Alex Salmond met a group of parents whose children have been attacked by dogs.

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