Dogs seized and one "humanely destroyed" after boy, 3, dies after dog attack

Date published: 16 May 2022

Several dogs have been seized and one “humanely destroyed” after a three-year-old boy died after a dog attack on Sunday (15 May).

Police were called on Sunday (15 May) at about 1.15pm by the ambulance service after reports a three-year-old boy had been injured at Carr Lane, Milnrow.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.

The police have said that they believe the boy was outdoors with a number of dogs prior to being found with serious injuries.



Several dogs have been seized. One has been humanely destroyed. Enquiries in relation to the dogs are ongoing.

Due to previous contact, GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green said: “Our thoughts, of course, remain with the loved ones of the young boy who so sadly died following yesterday’s incident. Specially trained officers have been deployed to support them.

“A thorough investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and review other incidents of note. Due to previous contact, GMP’s Professional Standards Branch is making a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“It goes without saying that this news will have had an impact on the community. I can reassure members of the public that any criminal offences identified by our enquiries in relation to this incident will be dealt with accordingly by ourselves and our criminal justice partners.

“We are aware of speculation on social media and ask that members of the public and the media refrain from engaging in speculation at this time until our investigation is complete and any subsequent criminal proceedings have concluded.

Anyone with information should share it via 0161 856 7386 or Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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