Man charged over dog attack on girl

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A 56-year-old man will appear in court charged over an incident in which a six-year-old girl had part of her ear bitten off by a dog.
The man, who police have not named, was charged with allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the Metropolitan Police said.
He will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates' Court.
The child also suffered injuries to her neck and shoulder when she was mauled by the animal in a park in Chingford, Essex, on Saturday.
Police said the incident happened at about noon at Pole Hill, Woodberry Way, in front of the girl's parents and her younger brother.
She was taken to a hospital in Essex for surgery, where she is said to be in a stable condition.
A dog, described as a "bull terrier-type" with black and white patches, has been seized by police.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers would not be naming the accused man ahead of his court appearance.
  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    How is this news. Happens every day here in my town. I've been campaigning against dangerous dogs for years. A (very) few communities have made some efforts to make owners responsible but its very spotty. Every halfwit with "inadequacy" issues has to have some monster pitbull which, of course, they never bother to train or learn to control.

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  • Profile picture of the author kokopelli
    Exactly! Also don't see the newsworthiness of this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Another excuse to post a link - but at least it's more than the usual one liner.

      The problem isn't pit bulls or bad dogs - it's people who don't contain their animals and don't train or socialize them.

      It's the people who should be charged and I have no problem with seeing it done. Dogs running loose can be a danger and are in danger themselves. My pit bull is a favorite of the neighborhood kids because she's such a sweetie - but the only time they see her is when I'm walking her.

      The big problem for me is the man may get charged - but the animal may be killed.
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