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18-month-old mauled to death by two dogs in Sicily

The child’s mother, 34, was injured while trying to protect her son during the attack in the family’s home in Mascalucia.

The boy was taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival. The dogs have been impounded.

“Today is a tragic day for Mascalucia,” Fabio Cantarella, the town’s deputy mayor, wrote on Facebook.

“I ask you to pray for the boy and for the mother who was injured while trying to save him from those ferocious dogs.”