Hamilton baby dog attack: ‘This is a traumatic time for all involved’

A dog that savaged a newborn baby in Hamilton last night has been seized and is now in a city council pound.

The critically-injured infant is fighting for life in Waikato Hospital after being set upon by the animal at an Enderley property last night.

Hamilton City Council animal control manager Susan Stanford said staff were contacted by police shortly after 7pm yesterday to attend a reported dog attack involving a baby.

Staff collected the dog and it was now secured at the council’s animal control facility, she said.

Further decisions regarding the animal would be informed by the ongoing police investigation.

“This is a traumatic time for all involved and our thoughts are with the families and individuals involved,” said Stanford.

She said the council was supporting the ongoing police investigation, and was not in a position to make further comment.

Today police confirmed emergency services were called to a Hamilton address around 7pm on Sunday after an infant was bitten by a dog.

St John Ambulance said the infant was taken to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.

The spokesperson said an ambulance and a manager were sent to a property in the eastern suburb of Enderley at 7.02pm.

A police spokesperson said inquiries into the circumstances of the incident were ongoing.

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