Family pay tribute to three-year-old Daniel John Twigg who died after dog attack in Rochdale

Daniel John Twigg Credit: Greater Manchester Police/family handout

The family of a three-year-old boy who died after being attacked by a dog have paid tribute to him, saying he was "loved by all who knew him."

Daniel John Twigg died in hospital on Sunday, 15 May, in Milnrow, Rochdale.

A 48-year-old man arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is being questioned by police.

In a statement released by Greater Manchester Police, Daniel's family said he "was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him.

"He loved Paw Patrol and playing with his brother and sister, he also loved being around animals - especially his pony, Splash.

"He brought us many laughs and was a comical character. He was brave, intelligent and full of many characteristics.

"Daniel loved being with his whole family and will be missed by all. On behalf of our family, we ask people to respect our privacy." 

Daniel was found with serious injuries at a property in Rochdale. Credit: ITV News

Police said Daniel was outside his home with a number of dogs before the incident. He was found with serious injuries.

The force has also revealed that a dog put down following the incident was a Cane Corso.

Several other dogs have also been seized and enquiries in relation to them are ongoing.

As part of a complex investigation, detectives say they are reviewing 'other incidents of note'.

They say a referral has been made to the police watchdog due to 'previous contact' with Greater Manchester Police.

Anyone with information is asked to share it with police via 0161 856 7386 quoting Operation Guernsey or

Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.