Little girl, 2, rushed to hospital after being mauled by huge Boerboel mastiff that ‘snapped’ while tot played at home | The Sun

A TODDLER has been rushed to hospital after being mauled by her family's dog.

Alaruh, two, was playing at home in Adelaide, Australia, when the 35kg South African Boerboel mastiff attacked her.

The tot was rushed to hospital with facial injuries.

Anthony Dear, a neighbour of the family, said the huge dog "snapped".

He said the found the hound in the street and locked it in his garage.

Mr Dear told the Advertiser: "He wasn’t aggressive or anything.

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"I don’t know why it snapped down there."

Alaruh's dad Chris Walker told 7News he heard the dog growling before he found it mauling the youngster on Monday afternoon.

Neighbours said he was extremely distressed.

One told "Obviously [he was] freaking out a little bit because one of his kids was hurt.

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"The ambulances were just pulling up as I pulled in.

"The dog was down here and the ambulances were everywhere."

The canine, called Joop, was seized by rangers from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council.

A spokesman said: "The owner surrendered the dog, and it was immediately removed from the property."

The dog is being held in kennels as authorities investigate.

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