A FOUR-year-old girl has died after she was savaged by a pack of five stray dogs.
The girl, identified only by her first name Shahd, screamed as she was attacked after stepping out of her family’s holiday home in Saudi Arabia
Her mother heard little Shahd’s cries and when she rushed out, saw her daughter being attacked before she called out for help.
A number of passers-by managed to chase away the dogs and the youngster was rushed to hospital but later died.
The victim’s uncle, Abdullah Hazzam Al Abd Al Salam said the family was in “shock”, Gulf News reports.
“We rushed my niece to the nearest hospital, and we reached the hospital at around 5:30pm.
“The medical staff confirmed her condition was stable.
“We kept waiting outside the hospital due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, but at 7:50pm, we were informed that the girl had passed away. It was a shock to everyone.”
Al Salam said the area had long had a problem with stray animals and the local authorities had not done anything to address it.
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He urged the authorities to cull stray dogs in the area, which is frequented by families with children on weekends.
The shocking incident happened the suburb of Al Washaila, some 16 miles south-west of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on the evening of 12th March.
Shahd was buried at the Al Mansouriya Cemetery on 14th March.