Girl's face mauled in Liverpool dog attack

A four-year-old girl suffered serious facial injuries when she was bitten by a pit bull-type dog in Liverpool.

The youngster was attacked by the animal while visiting a neighbour's house in Unicorn Road, Croxteth, on Sunday afternoon.

She was taken to hospital for treatment but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The dog's owner, Peter Shearon, 28, has been charged with possessing a prohibited dog.

'Worrying but rare'

He will appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on 20 October.

The dog was later removed and destroyed.

Specialist officers from the force's dog section have established that the animal was a pit bull-type breed.

Insp Matt Boyle, who leads Merseyside Police's dog section, said a dog attack on a child was worrying but rare.

"We are working to tackle this issue. We take it very seriously."

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