A 7-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after being bitten on the face by a dog in south Auckland this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to a house on Korimako Ave, Mangere Bridge, where the girl was attacked about 3pm.

An ambulance spokeswoman said she was rushed to hospital with moderate injuries.

Counties Manukau District Health Board spokeswoman Lauren Young said the girl was in a stable condition in Kid First Children's Hospital.

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Auckland Council communications adviser Angela Jones said animal control officers went to the house to investigate but no one was home, and no dogs could be seen on the property.

They would return tomorrow to try to ascertain what had happened.

Residents on Korimako Ave said they saw an ambulance and police cars at the end of the quiet dead-end street.

One man said the girl had been at a next door neighbour's house when she was bitten.

On Monday night a boy suffered serious injuries when he was bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier at his home in the south Auckland suburb of Takanini.

He was today in a stable condition in Kid First Children's Hospital.

In Gisborne, a woman suffered serious facial injuries in what was described as a "horrific'' dog attack on Monday afternoon.

The 54-year-old woman was playing with two dogs at a family function in Kaiti when they attacked her.

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She was in a stable condition yesterday at Gisborne Hospital with serious facial injuries and bites to her body.