Toddler seriously hurt in dog attack

A 19-month-old girl has suffered deep bites to her face and other head injuries in an attack by a dog, believed to belong to her family.

The girl from Tapawera was flown to Nelson Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, accompanied by her mother, at 3.15pm today.

Her facial injuries were "very deep'' but were not life threatening, said pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford.

She was treated by an onboard paramedic.

"She was bandaged up. She was in shock and she was obviously stressed,'' he said.

It was not clear what breed of dog attacked her.

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