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Dingle toddler dog attack: Owner pleads guilty to charges

Dog attack scene Liverpool Image copyright PA
Image caption The attack took place in the garden of a house in Cockburn Street, Dingle

A man has admitted owning four dogs that were dangerously out of control after an attack left a two-year-old girl badly injured.

Andrew McGowan, 35, of Cockburn Street, Dingle, pleaded guilty to the charge at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates' Court.

The toddler suffered serious head and body injuries in the "horrific attack" in a garden on Sunday.

McGowan was bailed until 6 June when he is due to be sentenced.

The injured child's father wept as he attended court.

'Dog's got the baby'

The dogs also hurt a 57-year-old woman, who tried to rescue the girl in the garden on Cockburn Street.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken by air ambulance to Alder Hey Children's Hospital after the alarm was raised at about 15:40 BST.

Neighbours said they heard the girl screaming and shouts of: "The dog's got the baby! The dog's got the baby!"

One neighbour described the attack as "shocking", adding there had been previously "no problems at all with any of the dogs".

Five dogs and six puppies were seized after the attack, two of which were put down.

American bully dogs are not a banned breed, police said.

American Bully

  • The American Bully breed developed as a "natural extension" of the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)
  • The breed evolved from the ABPT with an "infusion of several other breeds" including the American Bulldog and the English Bulldog
  • It was recognised as a breed by the US United Kennel Club in 2013
  • American Bully is said to combine a "zest and exuberance for life" with a gentle demeanour
  • Aggressive behaviour towards humans is uncharacteristic

Source: United Kennel Club

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