Four-year-old girl dies after ‘backyard dog attack’ in Milton Keynes
A four-year-old girl has been killed after being attacked by a dog in a backyard earlier in the evening.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 5pm after a report that a dog had attacked a child in the back garden of a property in Milton Keynes.
It was soon confirmed that the child had died in the property.
The dog, whose breed has not been disclosed, was humanely destroyed by police on the spot. No arrests have been made.
No one else was injured as a result of the incident and the child’s family is being supported by specially trained officers during this incredibly difficult time.
A neighbor said armed police quickly sealed off the entire road and surrounding area.
People attending a local community group nearby were told to stay indoors in case the dog escaped.
Officers were called by paramedics shortly after 5pm today following a report that a dog had attacked a child in the back garden of a property in Broadlands, Netherfield (pictured)
The dog, whose breed has not been disclosed, was humanely destroyed by police on the spot.
Superintendent Matt Bullivant said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic incident, where we believe a child was killed after being attacked by a dog.
“It is clear that we are in the very early stages of an investigation and it would be wrong and futile to speculate at this time about the exact circumstances of this incident.
“However, in order to ensure public safety, it was decided earlier this evening to destroy the dog involved, and it was humanely done.
“I understand how much of an impact this will have on the community and on the general public, and people can expect a large police presence in the area tonight and beyond as our investigation continues.
“I want to reassure people that at this point there is no reason to believe that there is any danger to the general public.
“Anyone with concerns should feel free to approach our agents and ask questions, but I urge people not to speculate on the circumstances, especially on social media platforms.
“I also understand that this case is likely to attract media attention. With this in mind, I would ask that the privacy of the family involved be respected at this very difficult time. It’s hard to imagine what they must be going through right now.
“We will provide further updates when we are able to.”