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Baby death investigation continues in connection with family dog

Posted in: Animal Attacks Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Police have seized a dog from a house in Carmarthenshire as the investigation of a six-day-old’s death continues.  Eliza-Mae Mullane from Pontyberem was urgently flown to hospital on Tuesday having only been at home for a few days after her birth.  She was rushed to hospital in Cardiff where medical teams were unable to save her. An Alaskan Malamute was recently removed from the house, but the cause of the baby’s death is still unapparent.

The dog was a household pet named Nisha and was taken home by Eliza-Mae’s mother’s partner Patrick Mullane after a night out at the pub.  A neighbour of Eliza-Mae’s mother Sharon John, Patricia Punter (71), said that she heard Ms John run into the street screaming that her baby had died.  She continued: “She’d only brought the baby home in the last week. It is just awful – they loved their dogs as much as their children”.

‘Affectionate and sociable’

Ch Insp Ieuan Mathews of Dyfed-Powys Police said the investigation into the baby’s death remained at an early stage.  He continued: “The family dog – an Alaskan Malamute – has been seized by police in connection with the ongoing enquiry. I can confirm that this dog is not listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act”.  The Alaskan Malamute Club of the United Kingdom describes the breed as being “heavy boned and powerfully built” as well as affectionate and sociable.

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