Toddler dies after dog attack

An 18-month-old toddler who was attacked by a Pitbull-cross on Sunday in Beja died two days later in hospital. A source from Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon confirmed to Lusa news agency that the boy had succumbed to his injuries. The dog, which belonged to the toddler’s uncle who lived in the same house, attacked the child when the latter entered the kitchen, tripped over and fell on the dog. According to a relative, the nine-year-old dog was “docile, had never hurt anyone and was used to being around children”. The animal has been euthanised.