Toddler seriously injured in East Sussex dog attack
A two-year-old boy from East Sussex is in a serious condition in hospital after being attacked by a dog.
Sussex Police said the youngster was mauled by the animal at home in Hailsham at about 2015 GMT on Wednesday.
A force spokesman said the child's injuries were "serious but not life-threatening".
The dog, a Japanese Akita which was a family pet, will be destroyed, police said.
A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "It was understood the child was mauled by the family pet.
"The toddler was taken to hospital under blue lights, however, we don't believe the injuries are life-threatening."
Insp Tony Wakefield, of Sussex Police, said it had been a traumatic but isolated incident.
He said "The family voluntarily agreed for the dog, which had not previously shown any aggression towards the family or the public, to be destroyed immediately."