Dog attack Rochdale: boy, 3, killed in attack named by police, as Cane Corso destroyed and other dogs seized

“Daniel was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him”

The three-year-old boy who was killed in a dog attack has been named by police.

Daniel John Twigg was taken to hospital after an ambulance was called to a property in Milnrow, Rochdale, on Sunday (15 May) afternoon.

However, he tragically died just a short time later, the Lancashire Evening Post reports.

The youngster was with a number of dogs in an outdoor area surrounding his home before he was discovered with serious injuries.

His family have paid tribute to the “kind and caring little boy who was loved by all”.

What Daniel’s family said in their tribute to him

Daniel John Twigg was taken to hospital after an ambulance was called to a property in Milnrow, Rochdale (PA)

In a statement, the boy’s family said: “Daniel was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him.

“He loved PAW Patrol (TV series) 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.”

Have there been any arrests?

Police said that a 48-year-old man has been arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 after he handed himself in to custody.

He continues to be questioned.

Has the dog been destroyed?

A Cane Corso dog has been humanely destroyed after the attack.

Several other dogs have also been seized.

Police are continuing to investigate “previous incidents involving dogs” at the same address at Carr Farm in Carr Lane.

What the police have said

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand, said: “I send my condolences to Daniel’s loved ones. This is a heart-breaking time for them, and specially trained colleagues are supporting them.

“Though a man is in custody, our investigation is very much ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and ensure any criminal offences in relation to Sunday’s incident are identified and prosecutions sought.

“Meanwhile, officers are also reviewing other incidents of note. Due to previous contact, GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has referred the incident for review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“We understand that this incident has had an impact on the community but we ask members of the public and the media to refrain from speculating whilst we complete our investigation and any subsequent proceedings are concluded.”

Anyone with information should share it via 0161 856 7386 quoting Operation Guernsey.

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