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Child on family stroll died after dog attack.

A RANDOM attack, but one which would bring about the death of young Master Woods, the child of Bootle resident Edward Woods, took place in the scorching summer of 1820.

The pleasant weather of the season had drawn the father and son down to the banks of the North Shore where a number of other locals had come out to stroll in the sunshine.

It was also the day of the Cheshire Cavalry review whose members had lined up ready for inspection and to be observed by an intrigued general public.

What should have been a most pleasant afternoon turned sickeningly sour when, as if from nowhere, a stray dog appeared on the scene and inflicted Master Woods with a truly vicious mauling.

Immediate care was given and once in hospital the child was closely monitored by doctors. The dog, however, was found to be rabid and the child died an agonising death from infection several days later. The canine was undoubtedly destroyed.

A pleasant summer's day ended in horror when a child out for stroll with his father was fatally wounded by a rabid dog
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2012
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