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  • 19 February 2014, 19:44

Parents' Tribute After 'Dog Attack' Baby Death

The parents of a baby girl thought to have been killed by the family dog say her death has cast a "horrible shadow" over them.

Police seized an Alaskan Malamute dog after the sudden death of six-day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane on Tuesday.

Eliza-Mae's parents Sharon John and Patrick Mullane have paid tribute to their "dearly-loved" daughter.

They said: "Even though she was an important part of our family for such a short period of time, Eliza-Mae will always be in our hearts and thoughts and we will cherish the little time we were able to share with her.

"She was a dearly loved daughter, sister, grand-daughter and niece.

"She brought joy into our family, and losing her like this has cast the most horrible shadow over all of us.

"There are no words we can use to describe what we feel at the moment, and we don't think there ever will be."

Eliza-Mae was airlifted to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff after the incident in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

Police took away the animal - which is similar to a husky - but said it has not been destroyed.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed Powys Police said it is "very unlikely that there will be further updates on their investigation until the end of the week, when a post-mortem examination is expected to take place.

The spokeswoman said Eliza-Mae's parents have not been interviewed by police.

Police have not confirmed whether the dog - which is not a breed listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act - was responsible for the death or the type of injuries Eliza-Mae suffered.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, described the dog as "docile".

She said: "I have been into Sharon's house several times and the dog - it was like a husky - has been there, it doesn't cause any harm.

"There was nothing wrong with that dog. It had been around children for a few years. Certainly I had no concerns about it."

The woman said the victim's mother had two other children, a boy and a girl of school and nursery age.

Ms John has lived at the address for around decade, the neighbour said.