18 Aug 2011

Girl killed by pitbull terrier

5:54 am on 18 August 2011

A four-year-old girl has died and her two cousins have been injured in an attack by a pitbull terrier in Melbourne.

The attack happened at a house in Lahy Street, St Albans, at 8.10pm (AEST) on Wednesday.

It is believed the dog escaped from a neighbour's yard and entered the home where Ayen Chol and her five-year-old cousin were playing.

She died at the scene despite attempts by ambulance officers to revive her.

The other girl was bitten on the face.

An adult cousin has bite wounds on her hands and arms.

Superintendent Graham Kent of Victoria Police described the incident as a horrible tragedy.

The ABC reports the family arrived in Australia from Sudan in 2004 after spending three years in Egypt awaiting resettlement.

They were living at their cousin's house after their own home burned down.

Ayen's father is currently in Southern Sudan which recently achieved independence.

He mother, Jaclin Appok, 30, is being comforted by the Sudanese community.