A toddler has been left with facial injuries and a fractured arm after a dog attack.

The young child, who according to the Portsmouth News is 18 months old, has been taken to hospital following yesterday’s incident in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

According to reports, the dog involved was a Staffordshire bull terrier.

There have been two arrests in relation to the incident being investigated by police.

A statement by Hampshire Police says: “A 40-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of owner / person in charge of dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

“A 27-year-old woman from Hayling Island has been arrested on suspicion of assault / ill-treat / neglect / abandon a child / young person to cause unnecessary suffering / injury.”

Police say the incident happened in Tennyson Crescent, Waterlooville

The dog was reported to be a Staffordshire bull terrier (file photo)

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We’re investigating a report of a child becoming injured during an incident in Tennyson Crescent, Waterlooville, reportedly involving a dog, sometime between 4pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday May 14.

“The child sustained two fractures to the arm and lacerations to the face and neck.

“Inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances.

“Residents may notice an increased police presence in the area, while we conduct house-to-house inquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44190166126.

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