A six year-old girl has suffered injuries to her back and legs during a terrifying dog attack in her back garden.
The youngster was taken to hospital for treatment following after being mauled by the rottweiler in Plumstead, south London just before 8pm last night.
She has since been discharged.
Police seized the dog and it was taken to a kennel.
One neighbour said the girl’s mum was looking after the dog for a friend when it attacked.
He said: “The family are new and haven’t been here long.”
“Apparently she was looking after a friend’s dog, a rottweiler, and it’s grabbed hold of her child.
“It all happened in her back garden and a lot of neighbours jumped in there and tried to stop it happening.”
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “We’re keeping the dog in a kennel- it hasn’t been put down. You would need a court order for that.”
Nearly 600 babies and toddlers were admitted to UK hospitals last year after being savaged by dogs.
The shocking catalogue of injuries includes 31 cases of children bitten before they were a year old.
Figures obtained from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show 591 babies and toddlers aged up to four years needed treatment.
Along with the 31 babies under 12 months, this number included 135 who were aged between one and two.
The figures reveal an increase from the year before, when 537 babies and toddlers were admitted to hospital with dog bites.
This year’s pitiful young victims include a child just months old whose right ear was mauled.