A young child is in a serious condition in hospital after she was bitten by a dog in Nimbin last night.

About 7.15pm (Monday 3 January) the four-year-old girl was playing with the family Labrador while it was eating its dinner at their Martin Road home.

Police said that the dog appears to have turned on the child, biting her face and removing a large piece of the girl’s cheek.

She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital before being transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital for surgery.

The fate of the dog is yet to be determined.