Dog attacked girl 'like a shark'
The parents of a six-year-old girl who lost most of her ear when she was savaged by a dog have said the attack left them "totally devastated" and in "a state of shock".
The parents said the animal circled their daughter like "a shark attack" before it struck.
The child was in Pole Hill, Chingford, north east London, with her parents and three-year-old brother when the attack happened. Her father said the first time the children saw the dog was when it "charged towards them".
The girl's father said the family were visiting Pole Hill so they could view the sights of London with the telescope they had given their daughter for Christmas
He said: "As we were packing up to leave, a dog suddenly ran up to our family and immediately attacked my daughter, injuring my wife who was instinctively trying to protect her.
"Our children had been nowhere near the dog previously - the first time we saw it was as it charged towards them. The children were very frightened and tried to run to the safety of my wife and I.
"My daughter told me after that she had run as fast as her feet could carry her. This was a totally unprovoked and savage attack."
The father said the dog attacked on multiple occasions, adding that it "at one point, circled my daughter and my wife in what looked like a shark attack that you would see on TV. Our son who is very close to his big sister, witnessed the entire incident".
The father said he and his wife ended up on the ground as the fought the dog. He said the animal "ripped the majority of his daughter's right ear off. The little girl was taken to hospital and later transferred to a specialist unit. She will continue to be treated, the father said.
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. He has been bailed to appear before the same court on February 13 for sentencing, police said.