A NINE-year-old boy mauled to death by a ‘bulldog-type’ dog has been named, as police revealed he was alone in a caravan with the animal when it attacked him.
Frankie Macritchie was set upon by a dog that belonged to a family friend while staying at a holiday park in Cornwall on Saturday, police said.
‘We believe Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst the adults he was on holiday with were in an adjacent unit,’ Det Supt Mike West said.
‘There was sound of a disturbance and sounds of distress coming from the caravan. Immediately on hearing, members of the public ran towards it and attempted to render first aid.
‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of Frankie and all of those who knew him.’ Three hours after the attack, police arrested a 28-year-old woman in Plymouth on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter. She was released pending further inquiries.
The dog has been seized while inquiries continue into whether it is registered as a dangerous breed.
Tributes have been paid to Frankie by friends and family on social media following the tragedy at Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe.
His mother Tawnee Willis, of Plymouth, posted a crying emoji on a relative’s Facebook page. She also shared the last photo of her and Frankie captioned: ‘Caravan life with my babes.’