A 14-month-old girl has died after she was attacked by a dog in country Victoria.
It’s believed the dog was a German Wirehaired Pointer and has been seized by the local council.
The incident occurred at Neerim Junction, east of Melbourne, shortly about 6.20am on Thursday.
Police said the girl died at the scene despite treatment by paramedics.
Earlier, police told the ABC the girl had been bitten on the face.
The council’s manager of regulatory services, Tony Pinelli, said the council would help with the police investigation.
“It’s a sensitive case and we just have to work carefully through this,” he said.
“We’ll work with police closely to determine the facts of the case and carry out an investigation.
“Council’s job is to secure the dog, and work closely with the police to determine what action should be taken from this point forward, but our hearts and minds are very much with the affected family and the community.
“We know that Neerim Junction is a very close community and it is a very awful incident that has occurred.”
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
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