A newborn baby has been savagely mauled by a dog at a home in New Zealand.
The attack happened in Enderley, Hamilton on Sunday evening and left the infant with horrific injuries.
An ambulance rushed the baby to Waikato Hospital where they were assessed as being in a critical condition.
“Emergency services were called to a Hamilton address at around 7pm last night after an infant was bitten by a dog,” a New Zealand police spokesperson told local media.
“The infant was transported to hospital in a serious condition. Inquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing.”
Police have yet to identify the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog.
The animal was seized and secured at the Hamilton City Council animal control facility.
Hamilton City Council animal control manager Susan Stanford said the council was supporting the young victim and their family.
“This is a traumatic time for all involved and our thoughts are with the families and individuals involved,” she told the New Zealand Herald.
There were 4,958 dog attacks that required hospitalisation in New Zealand between 2004 and 2014, data from the Ministry of Health has revealed.
The research found most attacks happen at home, with children under 10 deemed most vulnerable.
In September a 12-day-old baby was mauled to death by a dog at his home in Doncaster, Yorkshire.
An inquest found that Elon Ellis-Joynes was bitten after being left alone in a room while his mum was using the toilet and his dad was outside with another child.
The dog had escaped its garden pen and entered the home where it attacked the newborn.
His parents, Abigail Ellis, 27 and Stephen Joynes, 35, were both arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.