Mum of baby girl mauled by pet dog launches tear-jerking fundraiser for funeral

The heartbroken mother of a baby girl who was mauled to death in her family home by a new dog has launched a tear-jerking fundraising appeal to pay for her funeral.

Bella-Rae Birch, aged just 17 months, was savaged by her family’s pet dog – believed to have been a bull terrier – just before 4pm on Monday (March 21) at her home in St Helens, Merseyside and later died in hospital from her injuries.

Her mum Treysharn Bates, 23, who was heard by neighbours "crying hysterically" outside the house moments after the horror attack, has now asked for donations to fund a funeral.

On a Gofundme page, she wrote: "On March 21 we sadly lost our gorgeous blue-eyed baby girl, who was just one year of age, in a tragic sudden accident.

"We are now in a position where we need to raise funds towards the most beautiful send-off. Every little will help, every little is appreciated. Thank you, everyone."

The fundraiser has already exceeded its £2,000 goal after raising £2,470 since it was launched yesterday afternoon.

Treysharn had proudly showed off her daughter when she was born in October 2020 with a picture she sent to the local newspaper.

She accompanied the adorable snap with the caption: "Bella-Rae Birch. Born on the 11th of October 2020, weighing a gorgeous 6lb 7oz. Taking me a super-fast 12 minutes of pushing to give birth to her."

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The family had only bought the pet dog a week before police were called to the residence at 3.50pm on Monday following the incident.

Her family surrendered the animal to Merseyside Police.

No arrests were made in connection with the death and the dog was "humanely" put down.

Forensic examinations are being carried out on the animal to determine the breed and if it was banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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