Inspector Richard Quinn, from Cumbria Police said:
"The dog is currently in our care. Because a child is involved we need the full facts before we can determine what should be done with it.
"At this stage we haven't had an opportunity to interview the parents but we believe this may have been a terrible accident."
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Not a bad start to the week. A little chilly on Monday morning, any mist lifting quickly
Emma brings you ITV Border's Sunday Weather Forecast.
Clear start, patchy cloud at the east coast, some mist forming further west. Cool in the countryside