Two people have been arrested in the UK after a dog killed a newborn baby to death over the weekend in the city of Yorkshire, North England, authorities said.
The baby, identified by police as a 12-day-old boy, was taken to a local hospital in Doncaster after the attack, where he died shortly after arriving due to serious injuries, South Yorkshire police said, The Sun reported.
A man and a woman were detained in connection with the attack on Sunday afternoon.
“A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligent manslaughter,” police said.
Since then, both have been rescued while investigations are underway.
Emergency services were called to the home of Welfare Road, Woodlands, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday after reports of a dog attack, the source said, citing police.
“Upon arrival at the property, emergency services found that a 1
Police did not reveal a specific breed, but it was confirmed that the dog was a crossbreed.
Authorities said the animal was removed from the address, but said nothing about whether it would be or has already been euthanized.
According to the latest data from the Health and Social Care Information Center, NHS Digital, more than 23,000 people have been hospitalized in the last three years after a dog attack. People under the age of 18 make up about 21 percent of all cases.
The Royal College of Surgeons has announced on its website a reminder for dog lovers to be extra careful because dogs sometimes bite.
“Over the last few years, I’ve seen an increase in the number of dog-related injuries I deal with,” said a Manchester professor who often treats dog-related injuries. “Injuries range from quite minor to life-changing. In the United Kingdom, 23,078 admissions over the last three years have been a barrier to health care and have become a public health problem. “
“It’s worth remembering that even smaller, less frightening breeds, such as those that have become more popular, can still cause significant damage, especially to babies,” the professor continued. “While it is reassuring that children and young people are not disproportionately accepted for dog-related injuries, the impact that dog bites have on babies can be fatal and, of course, this is a major concern.