Sussex

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."

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