Dangerous’ dog seized after two children ‘attacked’ and Yorkshire Terrier dies

Police have confirmed that two youngsters, aged three and 10, suffered minor injuries while a male teenager has been arrested in connection with the incident in Blackburn, West Lothian

A “dangerous” dog has been seized by police after two young children were injured during an alleged incident which left a miniature Yorkshire Terrier dead.

Police have confirmed a three-year-old and a 10-year-old suffered minor injuries in the alleged attack.

A male teenager was arrested in connection with the incident in Blackburn, West Lothian, on Wednesday evening.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were called to a report of a dog attack in a park near Blackburnhall Gardens, Bathgate around 6.20pm on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

“Two children aged 10 and 3 suffered minor injuries, and a mini Yorkshire Terrier died during the incident.

“A 16-year-old male was arrested in connection with the incident, and a dog has been seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Enquiries are continuing.”

It comes after a separate incident in July which resulted in a 72-year-old man having his thumb “bitten off”, the Daily Record reports.

Criminal proceedings against the dog’s owner were dropped, with prosecutors stating there was not enough evidence to proceed to court.

The pensioner continues to suffer from the physical impact of his injuries, which have left him unable to write and undergoing physiotherapy.

He suffered numerous bites on his face, body, arms and legs while he tried to defend his pet dog Domino from the attacking American bulldog on July 16.

A 40-year-old woman was reported to the Procurator Fiscal before the case was abandoned.