A pack of five stray dogs savagely killed a four-year-old girl by tearing her apart on a family holiday.

The child, named only as Shahd, was heard screaming during the attack after she stepped out of her family's holiday home in the suburb of Al Washaila, Saudi Arabia.

By the time a passersby could chase away the vicious mutts from the road 16 miles south-west of Riyadh, the wounds inflicted on the girl later proved to be fatal.

Covered in blood from the attack on March 12, Shahd was rushed to hospital where she passed away after a few hours.

The victim's uncle, Abdullah Hazzam Al Abd Al Salam, told local media: "We used to go to the family’s vacation home in Al Washaila, 25km southwest of Riyadh. On Friday evening, we missed my niece for a while.

“Amidst the mother’s screams, everyone came to the girl’s rescue, but it was too late. The dogs fled after they left the girl in a pool of blood.

"We rushed my niece to the nearest hospital, and we reached the hospital at around 5:30pm.

"The medical staff confirmed her condition was stable. We kept waiting outside the hospital due to Covid-19 precautionary measures, but at 7:50pm, we were informed that the girl had passed away. It was a shock to everyone."

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Al Salam complained to local media that the suburb had long had a problem with stray animals and the local authorities had not done anything to address it.

He urged the authorities to cull stray dogs in the area, which is frequented by families with children on weekends.

Gulf News reports Al Salam added: “The municipal and forensic evidence officials rushed to the scene of the tragic incident.

"It is unfortunate that there have been many stray dogs in the area for a long time, and they endanger the lives of the people and residents of vacation homes, but the threat has not been addressed despite the continuous suffering.”

Shahd was buried at the Al Mansouriya Cemetery on March 14.

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