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A little girl’s mother was heard screaming “help, my baby” as her daughter was mauled by a pack of dogs while playing in the street, a neighbour has said. Five dogs, all of which appear to be a type of Bully breed, attacked the child as she lay on the ground in Carrington, Manchester, on Sunday. In a brave retalliation, another young girl and a man proceeded to try and rip the dogs away from the victim, before her mum is said to have carried the unconscious child to safety.
The child, whose police say is six-years-old, was taken to hospital by ambulance where she remains in a stable condition. Residents who live nearby say they were aware that “dogs were being bred” in the area.
The owner of the animals kept 14 dogs around their property and in a caravan, according to reports.
One man, who did not want to be named, told Daily Mirror: “I have seen two big dogs on the street a lot, they are American Bullys.
“It’s scary that this has happened here. She was just playing out and then this has happened to the poor little girl.”
They told Mail Online: “We were all alerted by the horrible screams. “I heard her mum scream: ‘Help me, help me – my baby’.”
Another resident said police had visited the animals owner previously and added: “This was an accident waiting to happen.”
Greater Manchester Police said three people were arrested on suspicion of owning a dangerous dog following the incident on Ackers Lane in Carrington, Manchester.
Police officers were called to an address at around 2.40pm on Sunday afternoon and seized four dogs and nine puppies.
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A police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 2.40pm [on Sunday] police were called to a report of a child who had suffered injuries caused by dogs at an address on Ackers Lane, Carrington.”
They added: “The girl was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition. Four dogs were seized by officers and have been taken away by specialist partners.
“Three people have been arrested on suspicion of owning a dangerous dog.”
The three were bailed yesterday evening as enquiries continued to trace the people responsible for the dogs.
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Greater Manchester Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct over the case.
Detective Inspector Matthew Dixon, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: “This is a fluid investigation and so far we have recovered 17 dogs and made three arrests, as well as a vehicle of interest.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Bill Lambert from The Kennel Club said that the rampant rise in vicious dog attacks could be a result of poorly trained lockdown pets “that haven’t had the right start to their lives”.
He said the Covid pandemic created a “perfect storm”, in which more people than ever decided to purchase a dog, despite not necessarily being well-equipped to adequately care for or raise an animal.
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