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Dangerous dog mauling 'latest in line'

The death of a four-year-old boy, mauled to death by a dog in Liverpool, is the latest in a line of vicious and sometimes fatal dog attacks on children.


Jaden Mack
Jaden Mack, aged three-and-a-half-months, was declared dead in hospital

In February 2009, three-and-a-half month old Jaden Joseph Mack, from Mid Glamorgan, was fatally injured by a Jack Russell and Staffordshire bull terrier.

The two pet dogs attacked Jaden, who was temporarily put on a pillow on a table by his grandmother at her home in Caerphilly, after she fell asleep.

The dogs were destroyed after Jaden's death.

Jaden's mother and father urged parents not to leave children unsupervised with pets.

At the inquest the Gwent coroner, David Bowen, echoed the call and warned that however docile a family dog may appear, whatever their breed, they are essentially pack animals by instinct and should be supervised around babies and children at all times.


Chloe Grayson
Chloe Grayson had to have surgery after the attack

At New Year in 2008, nine-year-old Chloe Grayson was attacked by a Rottweiler dog at a neighbour's house in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, leaving her scarred for life.

Chloe Grayson's parents managed to fight off the 10-stone animal, which pounced on her in their neighbours' kitchen, but Chloe needed surgery on her face.

The dog, a three-year-old male called Bully, was seized by police.

Judge John Foster, sitting at Rotherham Magistrates' Court, approved a police application for the dog to be put down.


Archie-Lee Hirst
Archie-Lee Hirst died from multiple injuries

In December 2007, 13-month-old Archie-Lee Andrew Hirst was killed by a Rottweiler at his grandparents' home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Despite attempts by his 16-year-old aunt to save him from the dog's jaws, Archie-Lee died later in hospital.

The Rottweiler was shot dead by a police marksman a few hours after the attack.


Ellie Lawrenson
Ellie Lawrenson died after a savage mauling by her uncle's dog

On 1 January 2007, five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson was killed by her uncle's dog at her grandmother's home in Merseyside.

It was later confirmed that the animal was a "pit bull terrier-type" banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Ellie's uncle, Kiel Simpson, 24, was jailed for eight weeks after admitting owning a banned dog. He had been warned about its behaviour the previous June.

Ellie's grandmother, Jacqueline Simpson, was acquitted of manslaughter in relation to the attack.

The dog involved, named Reuben, was shot at the scene by Merseyside Police.

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