A four-year-old child was killed by two dogs, reportedly a Majorcan ca de bestiar and a cross bred ca de bou, while staying with an uncle and aunt at a chalet in Llucmajor, while her parents were on holiday in Formentera.
It is believed that the dogs, which belonged to her relatives, were close to the child, when one of them suddenly attacked her, and the other dog joined in.
She was rushed to hospital by family members and was still alive when she arrived at Son Llátzer hospital, but she suffered a cardiac arrest and the doctors were unable to save her life.
An autopsy was due to be held last night.
The parents of the child, named only as Rosana M R, were flown back to Majorca by helicopter.
The dogs have been taken to the Llucmajor dog pound where they will be kept in quarantine until the Balearic health ministry's veterinary department conducts rabies tests and examines them to determine the origin of their aggressiveness.
The Guardia Civil are investigating the death and have questioned the people who were in the house, all of whom have received counselling from a psychiatrist. The chalet is near Llucmajor on the road to Algaida and the attack occurred at about 11am.
Rosana was the second child to be killed by dangerous breed dogs since January 29, 1991, when Francisco Miguel Hirado died after an attack by a dog which had already attacked two children.