Essex one of the top ten places in the country for calls to the RSPCA about organised dog fighting.
Chingford: Man In Court Over Dog Attack
A man's pleaded guilty to allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control after a six-year-old had part of her ear bitten off.
Gary Hindley, 56, of Woodberry Way, Chingford, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court where he admitted 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.
The girl also suffered injuries to her neck and shoulder when she was mauled by the animal in a park on Saturday, with her parents saying the attack had left them "totally devastated" and in "a state of shock".
Hindley has been bailed to appear before the same court on February 13 for sentencing, police said.
Police said the unprovoked incident happened at about noon at Pole Hill, Woodberry Way, in front of the girl's parents and her younger brother.
Officers and paramedics arrived at the scene soon after the attack and the girl was taken to hospital in Essex for surgery, but the dog and the man with it had left the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.
The dog is thought to be a black and white bull terrier.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Cheek of Waltham Forest Police said the "appalling incident" had left the girl with serious injuries that could scar her for life.
Essex's Police and Crime Commissioner is launching a new initiative to prevent youngsters being exploited by gangs.
Abellio selling 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
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