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The family of a four-year-old girl who was killed in a brutal dog attack at her family home have described the incident as an “unthinkable tragedy”. Alice Stones was killed by the dog in the back garden of her home in Netherfields, Milton Keynes, on Tuesday evening. Mum Louise Stones, 25, was overheard screaming “she’s dead, she’s dead” after witnessing the horrific attack.

Friends are raising money online to support the single mum as she prepares for her daughter’s funeral.

In an update on the GoFundMe, her friend Grace Wenham posted a new photo of little Alice.

It shows the moment she blew out the candles on her birthday cake after turning four last August, reports the Mirror.

In a note accompanying the snap, Grace posted a message from Alice’s grieving mum and other relatives.

She wrote: “The family … want to thank everyone who has donated, shared or sent their condolences during this horrendous time.

“Nothing has gone unnoticed and they are overwhelmed with the love felt by the community during this unthinkable tragedy.”

The fund, which will pay for the funeral and living costs for Louise, now stands at nearly £3,000.

It was launched yesterday to help give the “most special and beautiful send off this little princess deserves”.

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“Thank you so much to everyone that can help in any way.”

Her neighbours in the Netherfield area of the city said she had got the dog just six weeks ago.

Thames Valley Police say they are still trying to determine the breed but have confirmed the animal was the family’s pet.