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Dog Attacks Swindon Toddler

A two year old boy's in hospital with serious facial injuries after being mauled by a dog in Wiltshire. The toddler was taken to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol after the attack in a neighbour's garden in Swanage Walk in Swindon.

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Police investigation into Swindon dog attack continues

Police in Swindon are continuing to investigate a dog attack on two-year-old Kieron Guess on Sunday.

He was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with serious facial injuries after the incident in a neighbour’s garden.

Our thoughts are with Kieron and his family at what must be a particularly traumatic time and everyone at Wiltshire Police wishes Kieron a speedy recovery.

Any investigation must remain within the framework of the law and in this case theDangerous Dogs Act 1991 does not apply because the dog was on private premises at the time of the incident.

In this case the animal was voluntarily surrendered to the police and was examined and found to be a Staffordshire bull terrier. It is not illegal to own a Staffordshire bull terrier.

However the dog was destroyed with the full consent of the owner.

– Chief Insp Keith Ewart, Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police continue to make enquiries into all aspects of this incident.

We can confirm that we attended the address where the incident happened in September 2011 and two dogs were subsequently examined to determine whether they were illegally bred.

A qualified expert examined both dogs and found that they were Staffordshire bull terriers and that the owners were lawfully in possession. No offences were revealed in relation to these dogs.

– Chief Insp Keith Ewart, Wiltshire Police

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