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Dog bite toddler's family agree to have pet put down

The family of the little girl injured in yesterday’s dog bite incident on Thorogate, Rotherham, have expressed their "horror and shock" at the events that took place.

In a statement released through South Yorkshire Police the family say they have been "devastated " by yesterday’s incident.

The girl, who has not been named, is recovering in Sheffield Children's Hospital. She suffered a split earlobe and a number of wounds that required stitches mainly on one leg.

Her family remain at the little girl’s bedside in hospital today as she is treated for the injuries she suffered. The family has agreed that the Rottweiler shall be destroyed.

Toddler bitten by dog

A toddler is being treated in hospital after being bitten by a Rottweiler dog in Rotherham.

Police have started an investigation into what happened in Rawmarsh this morning.

The two-year-old girl, whose identity is not being disclosed at this stage, has serious injuries to her head and leg.

She was initially taken to Rotherham District General Hospital and has since been transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The dog involved is believed to be a family pet. It was on a lead at the time of the incident and was in the company of the two year old girl and an adult female relative.

The dog has been taken to a secure kennel facility whilst police enquiries continue into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The girl's condition has this evening been described as stable and not life-threatening.